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10 Great Leadership Lessons From Tim Duncan’s Career

tim2Well the NBA Finals wrapped up with the team with the best record in the NBA hoisting the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy. Yes, the San Antonio Spurs are the 2014 NBA champions after missing the opportunity to win their 5th title last year, they seized the moment this year. Even though the #Spurs had the best record and best coach in the NBA, this championship is unlikely because everyone including them Heat had pretty much crowned themselves as the 2014 NBA Champions, a 3-Peat and LeBron on NBA’s Mt. Rushmore before the season even started. Not so fast my friend, the Spurs are the new Sheriff in town. Well they are the old Sheriff thats back in town.

The Spurs were led by a cast of awesome players that know how to play team basketball. They are truly a team where night in and night out a different team member shows up. As a matter of fact most people had never heard of the man of the Spurs players including finals MVP Kawhi Leonard, especially before the last couple of games. To this day only a few people can even spell his name correctly. Uhh Kuh-why?

Not only did the Spurs have a great team but they were smarter, more disciplined and better coached than any other team in the NBA. The Spurs were lead by the veteran of all veterans, Tim Duncan. Duncan will go down as one of the greatest NBA Superstars ever. Duncan now has the most playoff games and double-doubles of any player in NBA history. Duncan is a SuperStar who shined bright like a diamond while staying outside of the spotlight. Speaking of diamonds and spotlights King James tried to shine but his teammates didn’t help him sparkle. As a result, can we please not talk about the #Heat #LeBron #Bulls and #Jordan in the same sentence for a long time. Like ever!

We can talk about Tim Duncan, not only can we talk about him, there is a lot to learn about life and leadership from him and his career.

10 Great Leadership Lessons From Tim Duncan’s Career.

  • 1. Substance Over Style – “The Big Fundamental” Looking good is great, performing great is better. Duncan doesn’t win the style contest, but he is a straight up winner.
  • 2. Greatness Is Appreciated More When It’s Gone – Tim Duncan’s Game, Career and Place in history won’t be appreciated until he’s retired and gone.
  • 3. Great Leaders Know When To Defer – Duncan has admittedly turned the team over to Tony Parker, which has extended his career and allowed him to continue his greatness. It looks like he may be turning it over to Mr. About His Business Kawhi Leonard real soon.
  • 4. You Can’t Care What People Think – Duncan doesn’t get the commercials, the shoes, the endorsements… He just gets the trophies. Duncan could care less what people think about his personality or lack there of, all he does is win.
  • 5. Classy over Sassy – Tim Duncan is one of the classiest players in the NBA. It’s hard not to like classy… when in doubt, keep it classy.
  • 6. Quietly Be The Best At What You Do – Tim Duncan will quietly go down as one of the best power forwards to ever play the game. Period, the end.
  • 7. Nice Guys Don’t Finish Last – Nice guys finish wherever they want to finish, Duncan is nice and he doesn’t finish last. 🙂
  • 8. Get Better With Age – Just like a fine wine, they say some things get better with age, great leaders get better, lead better, play better and make better decisions with age. Duncan seems to get better the older that he gets.
  • 9. Know How To Lead Up – Duncan plays for a tough coach and he’s one of the few players that knows how to lead up, talk to Popovich, how to handle him in the media and how to lead up. There is an art to leading up and Duncan figured it out.
  • 10. Make Those Around You Better – Duncan makes his teammates, his coach, his city, his community and the NBA better.

 

What To Do When Your Organization Isn’t Getting The Desired Results

org challengeOften times when an organization faces challenges, shortfalls and doesn’t live up to expectations… fingers start pointing everywhere. The finger pointing is a natural sign and symbol of trying to place the blame and figure things out. The finger pointing is often followed by pink slips, excuses and questions.

There is a timeless organizational principle that I like to live by and help the organizations that I coach to always take a hard look at. The principle is simply this:

“If your organization isn’t getting the desired results, look no farther than the leader.” 

You can’t point as many fingers as you want, make more excuses than failure itself; however solutions can truly only be found by looking at the leader. Yes the team has to perform, but the leader is ultimately responsible for the strategy, hiring, firing and coaching of those team members.

If your organization is having challenges, look no farther than the leader for solutions.

Don’t Shortcut The Process

processSometimes people try to shortcut the process. You may be thinking, What’s the process? Well the process is different depending on the situation. The process for a leader may be learning, putting in hard work, failing and paying your dues.

When you read phrases like “paying your dues” it may cause you to think the process must always be a ling and drawn out deal. Please don’t confuse the process for a particular amount of time, as the process varies from situation to situation.

There are some very young and capable King David type of leaders who God has provided what may be perceived as a shortcut to their advancement and promotion process. If you only see the shortcut of David becoming a young King then you will miss the hard work, faithfulness, leadership and life experience that came from shepherding sheep. Not to mention the faith to face giants that came along with that shepherd boy process.

Whatever your situation is, respect the process.

If you had a setback, a moral failure, a grave mishap that you brought on yourself…. respect the rehabilitation and restoration process. Don’t Shortcut The Process.

If you are trying to regain the trust of someone whose trust you lost, be patient and Don’t Shortcut The Process.

If you are wanting that promotion and you’ve only been on your current job for 2 weeks, Don’t Shortcut The Process.

When you see other people advancing, growing and being promoted and getting opportunities around you and you don’t understand why — It’s wise to self-evaluate, but Don’t Shortcut The Process.

Please understand that 80% of the process is what you think and perceive and 20% is how you act and respond. (re-read that sentence)

When looking at the journey of success there is a fine line and awesome tension between “Don’t Shortcut The Process and Make It Happen Now.” Embrace that tension and Don’t Shortcut The Process.

How To Effectively Handle Criticism

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Criticism is a one of those words that seems to cut most people like a knife.  Although the knife doesn’t seem as sharp when we put the word “constructive” in front of the word criticism; none-the-less the word still seems to pierce.

When I was growing up my mom would always tell me: “Son, you can’t control or worry about what people say… you can only control what you say and what you do.” Later on in life, as a young leader I had a mentor that would always say “If you’re doing something worthy of people taking shots at you… they will. I would much rather have a leader that people don’t always understand and who are occasionally criticized, than a “leader” that no one ever talks about.”  I’ve heard one of my old pastors say something like, “If you want to find the leader, look for the one with the arrow in their back!”

I tend to view criticism as neutral. As a matter of fact I view it from the perspective of the phrase that no one likes to say or hear and that is this: “It Is What It Is!” I prefer to “Eat The Meat and Spit Out The Bones!” When you are chewing on the meat of life, you might find some pieces that are not cooked to you’re liking, tough, salty and that simply don’t taste right. Although they are not cooked to your liking, it may be beneficial to go ahead and consume them. It’s called life lessons and learning experiences. Again, “Eat The Meat and Spit Out The Bones!”

If you don’t want to be criticized, I have some advice for you: Say Nothing, Do Nothing & Be Nothing!

It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause, who at best knows achievement and who at the worst if he fails at least fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” ~Theodore Roosevelt

I don’t ever want to find my place with those “Cold and Timid Souls.”

Criticism: “It Is What It Is!”

Kevin Durant NBA MVP Acceptance Speech – The Best Acceptance Speech In The History Of The Award

By far the best acceptance speech in the history of the MVP Award. Kevin Durant started by thanking God, he displayed humility, he never focused on himself, he gave personal credit to every single team member and coach, he reflected on the past, he talked about hard work and sacrifice, he shared stories, he made a special note to talk about Westbrook, he gave his mother the credit due and he ended with thanking God last. God is Alpha and Omega.

As a proud member of the Oklahoma City community and Oklahoma City family, I’m glad Kevin Durant is a part of our framily plan. Seriously this guy is a great example and as he stated, “He uses basketball as a platform to inspire others.”

This video is a must watch for anyone that leads, has children, has a desire to succeed or if you just need to cry some tears of joy.

Why Insecure Leaders Need To Wear Glasses

blindInsecure leaders have a hard time seeing the best in other because their eyes are covered by their own insecurities. Insecure leaders have difficulty seeing the value of taking responsibility and ownership for failures because their eyes are covered by their own insecurities. Insecure leaders will never see or realize their own potential because they are blinded by their own insecurities.

Insecure leaders need to put on the glasses of security and confidence that can only truly be found in Jesus.

Find Jesus, Find Confidence, Find Security and See Again.

Video: Donald Sterling Banned For Life By NBA Commissioner Adam Silver

Very Swift… New NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks softly and carries a big stick, he will go far.

Michael Jordan Wisdom – Rare Interviews On Life, Success, Failure, Persistence and Sports

Great wisdom, encouragement and inspiration from the greatest ever.

A True Leader – (Video)

This video is simple, fresh and true.

Leaders see the problem, they attempt a solution, they fail, they keep trying, they inspire others and together they succeed.

Leading On Empty

emptyIt’s a risky proposition to continue to drive your vehicle with the fuel light on and the gas hand on empty. I know “On Empty” is probably not the best word choice for the grammar teachers; however it is a phrase that I think you understand. You can run on empty for a little while, but eventually the car is going to stop. This is also very true for leaders.

Leaders can’t continue to run if they don’t rest, relax, take time off, allow others to pour into them, learn from others, free their mind and refuel. I know this sounds like a novel concept, unfortunately many leaders don’t time to rest and even worse they don’t allow their staff the opportunities to refuel.

If you are a leader and you have the mindset and take the position that I don’t need to rest, YOLO and I can rest when I’m in my casket… you aren’t leading.

Leading on empty! No such thing. If you stay on empty, you are no more than puttering around on fumes  all while putting yourself and everyone around you at risk of a train wreck.

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