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San Antonio Spurs on Team Building and Leadership


Last night I was watching my favorite NBA team, the San Antonio Spurs, win their third straight game in the first round of the playoffs against a team with two of the biggest superstars in the league. The interesting about the Spurs is that they are one of the winningest sports franchise, but one of the least talked about. During last night’s game I wrote down a couple of observations that I thought made the Spurs a great model for leadership and team building.

Its about the team
– “I don’t worry about being the man” Robert Horry
– The team is there to win as a team because they understand that winning as a team leads
to winning as an individual
– No ego, even Tim Duncan listens to the coach. A lot of times the Coach Pop is harder on
him than the others
– Players hold each other acountable and cheer each other on

-They come to take care of business
– Close out what they finish
– Seek character players, I do not remember in recent history of a Spurs player in the news
for getting in trouble with the law

They see the big picture
-Do not get worried to early when behind and do not get excited to early when ahead
-Every valley has a mountain top and ever mountain top has a valley
– It showed last during the game because they were behind most of the game but stayed
composed the whole game and took the lead and the game in the last minutes
– Tend to start off the season slowly, but do not panic and ussually finish the season as
one of the hottest teams in the league

Do not bring the best players in, but the right players for the team
– The right players make the best team, the best players do not always make the best team
– Besides the top three players on the team the rest are all role players that fit into the
large scheme the coach has.

All this = A Boring Team because they do the right things right and do not cause a stir.
All this also = Championship Team – 3 Championships since 1999 and won over 64% of their games during that time period. I would say they have a good formula for team success.


Leadership Aroma

Everyone has a natural aroma, whether good or bad, you can only disguise it with cologne and perfumes for a short while. A lot of time to get rid of the bad aroma we have to use good ole soap and water.

Just like your natural aroma, we have a leadership aroma. Sometimes we stink and try to hide it with seminars and books, but after awhile it wears off and we stink again. In order to really get of that stink we need something stronger like soap. One of the challenges of being a leader is willing to get to root cause of your bad aroma; your ego.

You cannot hide your ego with just books and seminars because ego is a heart thing. One thing I have noticed about great leaders is that helping others succeed is a life style not just something they do every now and then.

This can be a challege to some because it is a lot easier to put on some “perfume” and and smell good for a short while, but it is a lot more difficult to “clean your whole body.” It is a challege to all, and I see myself in it right now. I really believe you figure it out over night because it can take be a long proccess with many realizations and fixings. And sometimes we do not realize we stink and takes someone else to let us know.

First Edition of the Leadership Growth Blog Carnival

John Hill presents Is Your Best Good Enough? posted at Universe Of Success.

presents No Plan B! posted at Walt Nation!

Caroline Latham presents I don’t want to ever retire. What can I do to remain sharp? posted at SharpBrains: Your Window into the Brain Fitness Revolution.

David Maister presents A Case Study in Professional Ethics posted at Passion, People and Principles, saying, “Deciding to “own the problem” and accept responsibility for a screw up requires guts, courage and ethics.”

Charles H. Green presents Seductive Statistics posted at Trust Matters, saying, “Effective leaders understand the difference between earning trust and measuring it.”

Arvind Devalia presents What the world needs today? posted at Arvind Devalia, saying, “The world needs true leaders more than ever before.”

Arvind Devalia presents Leadership in the current climate of change posted at Arvind Devalia, saying, “Practice leadership based on the courage to live the change you wish to bring about.”

Wilson Ng presents Succeeding by Looks posted at Reflections of a BizDrivenLife, saying, “Can you be happy or be successful by beauty alone?”

Dennis presents 20 Questions to Change Your Life posted at A Pile of Coins, saying, “(Re-)evaluate your work-related goals and achievements.”

Paul Michael presents How to complain and get a good result posted at Wisebread Finance.

Craig Harper presents The Science of Success. posted at Renovate your life with Craig, saying, “I am of the opinion (and yes, I know it’s not a popular one) that success isn’t as hard, or as complex as some people make it. And before you write to disagree with me, yes, I acknowledge that the above statement is dependant on your definition of success… but I am speaking generally (as I often need to, when speaking to an audience of more than one).”

Vihar Sheth presents Creating Exceptional Value posted at green | rising.

David Maister presents Lessons from a Natural Manager – new careers podcast episode posted at Passion, People and Principles.

Brian S. Nick presents Hard Truths for Leaders posted at Young-Manager.

Debra Moorhead presents How to Determine Your Top 20 posted at Debra

Vahid Chaychi presents Get Inspired by the Success Stories and Interviews posted at Internet Marketing Tips, saying, “You may get disappointed while you have started a new business and it has not given any good result yet. Most people give up at this point and stop working. One of the best things that prevents you to give up, is reading the success stories and interviews of successful people in your niche. Learn how to find and read them every week.”

Erek Ostrowski presents Being Effective With People: Part 1 (Listening) posted at Verve Coaching, saying, “When we cultivate the ability to listen, we begin to hear other people in a new way. We begin to hear what they’re really saying, instead of hearing our own thoughts, emotions, judgments, and assumptions about what they’re saying.”

Priscilla Ortiz presents If You Think You Could… posted at Priscilla Ortiz – Journal to Prosperity, Path to Freedom Inc..

Krishna De presents 5 time saving tips to archive research materials – BIZ GROWTH NEWS posted at Biz Growth News.

David Maister presents Learning to Manage – new careers podcast episode posted at Passion, People and Principles, saying, “This podcast episode explores the skills new managers will need to excite, energize, organize, and produce with your team in any situation.”

Charles H. Green presents The Horizontal Imperative posted at Trust Matters, saying, “In a horizontal world, power comes from influence, not authority.”

Steve Faber presents _The 4 Keys to Success Are posted at Debt Free.

Thank you to all the contributers, and I look foward to seeing what great articles there are for the second edition of the Leadership Growth Blog Carnival.

Leadership Checklist

George from the Frontline Leadership blog has a post about a Fast Company article talking about the list GE’s CEO Jeff Immelt uses to teach up and coming leaders at GE.

1. Personal Responsibility.
2. Simplify Constantly.

3. Understand Breadth, Depth, and Context.

4. The importance of alignment and time management.

5. Leaders learn constantly and also have to learn how to teach.
6. Stay true to your own style.

7. Manage by setting boundaries with freedom in the middle.

8. Stay disciplined and detailed.

9. Leave a few things unsaid.

10. Like people.

A leadership is something I might look into for my personal growth. Whether you use this list or create your own it is a good way to create your good leadership habits and hold yourself accountable to them. Leadership is about getting rid of your bad habits and holding on to the good ones.

Children on Leadership Part 3- Honesty

One of the funniest things about children is that they will tell you how it is. Whether they are tired or excited you know how they are doing or feel. If they do not like the food more than likely they will tell us, or if they see something that doesn’t seem right to them, they will say something.

As we get older it seems as if it gets harder for us to be more honest and straightfoward. How many headaches would we save if we just told our coworker or friend the truth earlier instead of being scared of hurting them? I know I struggle with this at times, but it seems like the longer I wait the harder it is for the other person when they find out.

Honesty is also important to accountability. Kids can be the best to hold someone accountable because they have no problem telling you how it is if they see or hear something they feel is not right. Without true honesty how can we hodl someone accountable when you are not holding yourself accountable?