Don’t Manage…Coach!

Thanks to the Lakeland Medical Office Association for inviting me to speak on 2/15/2017 in Benton Harbor, MI

Don’t Manage…Coach!

This is not an analogy…it’s a reality we can shoot for.

I was invited to do a 90 minute presentation on Michael Langthorne and my book, Don’t Manage…Coach!  What a joy!  There were roughly 70 attendees and we had a great time discussing the possibilities.  Not for “coaching” each other or trying out a new fad, but of truly learning from sports coaches at every level on how to lead a team.

High School, college, and professional coaches have been leading teams with extremely high turnover, varying levels of proficiency, and dynamic perspectives.  There are good coaches and bad coaches, but I’ll take any coach over a manager – any day.

The best part of the presentation was at the end when an attendee approached me and said, “I’m a new coach and this is great timing!”  And I, thinking that she meant she was coaching a youth sport, asked, “what sport?”  And she said “a team of X-ray technicians.”

I’m still smiling.

Who’s your daddy?

“Who’s your daddy now?”

~ Jane Smith (Angelina Jolie)

OK, so I usually use inspirational quotes.  And yes, I find a lot of material (especially pictures) from movies because, well, I like movies.  Movies (with positive or happy endings) are especially good for helping us to dream – to believe anything is possible.

And they’re just fun.

In Mr. and Mrs. Smith, John tells Jane (in the middle of a beautifully choreographed fight scene), “come to daddy.”  After Jane gives him what for, she retorts, “who’s your daddy now?”

This is especially funny for me since it’s a phrase we used growing up.

“Who’s your daddy?”

It’s a taunt we’d use when we just scored on someone, blocked their shot, or otherwise dominated them in a game.

The reason it works as a taunt is because we used to look up to our fathers.  When you call yourself someone’s “daddy” it meant that you were his teacher, mentor, coach, and pivotal authority figure.  My dad was much of that for me.  After he passed, I found that I still wanted that type of relationship in my life.  I wanted someone to look up to.  Someone to ask for help, guidance, and advice.

As a visionary, it helps immensely to find an example to look up to.

It could be any of the great visionaries of our time, or even someone from the past.

I personally use Albert Einstein, Martin Luther King Jr., and Walt Disney.  I find authors I like and appreciate.  I find people in my life I can hold up as an example of my values and dreams for the future. I don’t put them up on a pedestal – lest they fall, but I do look to them for encouragement and, well, happy endings.

I have those who I can look at as examples of what a visionary can accomplish.  Those who exemplify integrity and honor.  Those who lived a life serving others.  Those who didn’t settle for “how it has always been done.”

So, “who’s your daddy?”

Who do you look up to?  Who can you use as an example?

Remember, Your Vision Will Change the World, but you can’t do it alone!