The Chief Operating Officer for the organization I work for recently had the team watch a powerful, moving YouTube video about teamwork. The video was of a speech given by former Michigan Wolverines coach Bo Schembechler.
Bo passed away on November 17, 2006, at the age of 77. Despite being gone from this world, his words on teamwork and teams still live on.
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I’d never heard Bo Schembechler’s speech on teamwork. When the video finished, I knew I had to share Bo Schembechler’s talk with you.
With the NCAA college football season just starting, I thought today would be a great day to share the speech. I hope you take away as much from his speech as I did.
You can view the short clip below. After that, continue reading for my take on Bo’s words on teamwork and how you can apply them to your leadership. Read more...
If you’re not okay with those you lead failing to take you seriously, you need to change something. It’s most likely not your team. It’s you that needs to change.
We can sabotage ourselves with our actions. We can sabotage ourselves with our words. And we can sabotage ourselves with our appearance.
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Do you know what the good thing is? We can change these things. Each of the aforementioned ways we sabotage ourselves are a choice.
We choose how to act. We choose how to speak. And we choose how to dress. This means you can change things.
That’s awesome, right? You can begin to work on yourself and you can change the way people view you.
Let’s take a look at the areas you might need to change people’s view of you and be taken seriously. Read more...
Humans communicate so much through the words they use. We use Twitter, Facebook updates, text messages, blog posts, speech.
There is so much effort poured into the words we say. Sadly, at one point or another, words will fail you. Situations will arise where words are meaningless.
I found this to be true during and after my wife and I had to make the difficult choice to put our dog down. People tried to comfort us with their words.
You’ll feel better over time
You made the right choice
You did what needed to be done
You loved him and he loved you
You know, all of those words were true. Things have gotten better. We believe we made the right choice. We believe we did what had to be done. And we sure did love him. Read more...