This past week I listened to an interview on "Leadership Lessons from the Pittsburgh Pirates" which recently aired on the Small Business Advocate radio show (hosted by my buddy Jim Blasingame).
I must admit that my initial reason for wanting to listen to the
interview had a little something to do with my lifelong passion for the
game of baseball but my other motive was for pure business reasons - ISI
needs me to be a better leader in 2014 than ever before- pure and
simple. The bar has been raised and I need to up my game.
So what did I learn from the interview?
1) Embrace Hardship- Some are
paralyzed by it- others grow through it but everybody has to deal with
it at one point or the other.
2) Invest in Farm System- Don't look for
"quick fixes" in building a sustainable business. The Pirates
patiently built their current team through farm system players which
resulted in them reaching the playoffs for the first time since 1992.
3) Strengthen Mental Self- resetting mental conditioning on a regular
basis recognizing that the mental part of the game is just as important
as the physical part.
4) Emphasize Leadership and Accountabilty- The Pirates
established a leadership council (players only) that oversees player
behavior, commitment to teamwork, etc. and holds them accountable for
Really good stuff and made me think that as the leader of ISI, I ultimately set the tone, mood and
direction for the company and need to be mindful of that on a daily
basis. Past success in a hot market has been great for ISI but as I once
heard "even a turkey can fly in a tornado." It takes a special leader
to successfully lead a company through difficult and challenging times.