6 Thoughts On Building High-Performing Teams

Building a high-performing team isn’t as simple as it seems. The ingredients are difficult to understand. Even harder to understand is how everything works together.

Just think about Moneyball. It was once thought that high-performing sports teams had the best players on the team. Billy Beane proved this theory wrong.

Rather than finding the star players, Beane looked for undervalued players. These players’ statistics had a high on-base percentage that was overlooked in traditional scouting methods. 

We do the same in building our organizational teams. We look for team members who are the most talented, can seal the deal, and more.

But what if we’re looking at talent wrong? What if there’s a better way to build a team? I believe we need to rethink the current paradigm of talent and shift to another way of scouting for talent.

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga

A Reel Leadership Article

My latest book, Reel Leadership, is now available on Amazon. If you love movies and leadership, you will love this book.

Years ago, the film Mad Max: Fury Road brought us back to the world of Mad Max. We were introduced to strange and zany characters, including Furiosa (old Anya Taylor-Joy, young Aylya Brown, original Charlize Theron). Her character was so fascinating that they decided to do a spin-off/prequel to give movie-goers her backstory.

Furiosa brings us once more to the dystopian future of mostly deserted roads, a lack of greenery, and violence. We’re also introduced to a new character, Dr. Dementus (Chris Hemsworth). He’s an over-the-top villain who takes in a young Furiosa after she is kidnapped from The Green. He has a twisted sense of parental responsibility and twists the young girl.

Woman holding a gun. She's hiding behind a metal gate as flames explode toward her.

We watch as Furiosa grows up, experiences the conflicts of this time, and becomes something of a legend.

4 Ways To Unplug And Recharge

Being in the IT world, I know a thing about unplugging (or shutting down) systems and restarting them. It’s one of the first things I ask users: Have you restarted your computer? It’s a line they hate, but the step also frequently works.

Author Anne Lamont once wrote:

Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.

When I read that, I think of rebooting workstations or servers. It’s a brief unplugging and coming back up. But…

Lamont recognized that we need to unplug for a period of time. It is hard to unplug in this high-tech world of always on, always connected. 

Yet unplugging is vital to our health and relationships. We must be willing to disconnect from the world before we crash, burn out, or destroy our physical or mental health.

How To Develop A Personal Leadership Philosophy

Everyone has an idea of how they would like to lead. While similar to others, your personal leadership philosophy may differ from others. And that’s okay.

But how do you develop or create a personal leadership philosophy? I’m glad you’re thinking about that. In this article, we’ll discuss what a personal leadership philosophy is, why it matters, and how to create one.

People walking on a downward slope. One person is out in front of all the others

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What Is A Personal Leadership Philosophy?

Think about your personal beliefs, thoughts, and ideas. These things all relate to how you lead and take charge of your organization. You may not think about these things daily, but they impact how you lead.

They’re also part of your personal leadership philosophy. These areas of your life guide and direct you as you do your job.

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From IF (Imaginary Friends Movie)

A Reel Leadership Article

My latest book, Reel Leadership, is now available on Amazon. If you love movies and leadership, you will love this book.

IF may be one of the year’s most heartfelt, enjoyable movies. The movie tells the story of a young girl, Bea (Cailey Fleming). Bea has been through a lot, including the loss of her mother (Catharine Daddario) due to cancer.

Fast-forward to now. Her father (John Krasinski) is ill and in the hospital. He’s undergoing an unspecified surgery that could go wrong. Because of this, Bea has moved in with her grandmother (Fiona Shaw).

Girl in a suit and top hat dancing. Behind her are wonderful and imaginary creatures.

She sees something strange moving in the shadows at her grandmother’s apartment building. She follows the suspicious figure upstairs and meets a man, Cal (Ryan Reynolds). He houses a bunch of IFs (Imaginary Friends).

Bea embarks on a journey to help reunite the IFs with new children. Her journey unveils something surprising.