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Freeze Frame

First, this post is not about the 80's hit - although if you need something to make you laugh today, you should watch the video. The effects, concept, hair and clothing are a great reminder of why we all love the 80's.

Rather, this is a quick post to get you to consider this thought:

If someone were to watch a video clip that lasted 30 seconds from your day today, 
what would they say about you?

Like many of you, I've spent my fair share the last few months enjoying college football. However, as I was watching the BCS games the last two nights (Florida vs. Louisville and Oregon vs. K State). I was captivated by the occasional camera shot of each coach on the sideline. Here's what I observed:

  • One coach was the perfect picture of being poised - go ahead, look at the first two definitions.
  • One coach was frantic, infuriated and almost panicky in his play-calling. When his team began to lose, his anger became a smug smirk as if everyone was against him and "he'd show them."
  • One coach was "head's up" - always aware of what was going on in the game. He was fully engaged in the plays, the players and the moment. Even with the thoughts of "what's next" on the horizon, we were never left to believe anything other than this was his moment, he was here and this was what mattered most.
  • One coach seemed to always have his head down. Perhaps he was looking for the next play on his clipboard, but I saw one camera shot where the coach was looking down AS his offense ran a play. 
Here are three leadership takeaways for when you lead a team:
  1. Be present. Know who's in the game, who's playing hurt, what the score is and where you are on the field. There is no destination (preferred future) if there's no understanding of origination. Every play starts somewhere - and where you start determines what you'll do next.
  2. Be ready. Calm leaders exhibit and exude confidence to their team. There are some who like to see the coach get fiery on the sidelines - there's a place for that. It's just a place you need to visit when it's needed, not reside. Besides, I'm not really sure it's helping your team and it's certainly not helping your health.
  3. Pay attention. Hoping "it" will go away, or believing everyone's against you/your team is leading from a place of defeat - in fact, I'd say it's not even leading. Don't bury you head in the sand.
I have the utmost respect for all four of these men and the young men they lead on their teams. I'm sure that they are great leaders - they must be because they are being paid a lot of money and have the support of a lot of people to do what they do best. This is not a verdict against their leadership, only some simple observations from my recliner. Perhaps, if I walked in their shoes and carried the burden they carry, I'd behave the same way. Or, perhaps, the momentary glimpse pointed out by a producer in a video truck is part of a bigger picture. 

If someone were to watch a video clip that lasted 30 seconds from your day today, 
what would they say about you? 


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