Phil Jackson leadership quotes

 “The more I tried to exert power directly, the less powerful I became. I learned to dial back my ego and distribute power as widely as possible without surrendering final authority. Paradoxically, this approach strengthened my effectiveness because it freed me to focus on my job as keeper of the team’s vision.”

“Some coaches insist on having the last word, but I always tried to foster an environment in which everyone played a leadership role, from the most unschooled rookie to the veteran superstar. If your primary objective is to bring the team into a state of harmony and oneness, it doesn’t make sense for you to rigidly impose your authority.” 

How far?….

How far do you wish to travel on your leadership journey? What do you desire? If leadership is influence then you can lead no matter what position you hold in an organisation. Usually people refer to leadership role rather than practice because they do not desire leadership to improve others but rather to exert control. It is a tool for power and control as we all like to ‘be in charge’…..it’s not leadership, it’s an ego trip. 

True leadership demands sacrifice and significant investment of time and effort. How far you wish to travel on your leadership journey will determine what level of sacrifice that you need to employ. 

How far?…..

Leadership Conference 2015 – Day Two Morning Session 1 (RAH) 

The morning session kicks off with some traditional choral worship before embarking on the usual worship central set, A new song was in the mix that could well be an anthem in the summer festivals and beyond.

Interview with Jo Malone

Despite a tough upbringing, with determination, all things are possible. Came to faith listening to Jackie Pullinger. Sometimes the thing that comes at you to destroy you, is the thing to make you. (reference to cancer). There are many things that I can’t do but I can create fragrances like nobody else in the world. Gone back to the thing that ‘I can do” – similarities with what Robert Madu said yesterday. When everything is stripped from you, does potential exist in you? Do you have the right to recreate yourself? Where do you start? Three things – passion, resilience and creativity. Its nobody elses responsibility to make your dreams happen – its yours!  (cf Jesse Owens story).

There is a need to surround yourself with the right people. Innovation comes from inspiration and this comes from the people that you surround yourself with. Everybody has moments where they are wrong and mess up – successful people are resilient and push through. Plan A changes from moment to moment and the failures help us – we need ears to listen to other people. 

Inspiration – Innovation – Integrity – Ignition – Instinct – the compass to successful business and life

Interview with Cardinal Vincent Nichols – joined by Archbishop Welby

a short introduction to his life and a recognition of God’s guidance in his life. Key moment when receiving a letter saying ‘keep your hand to the plough’ – no ide who the sender was, apart from the fact that he was a priest. Prayer is important but you must find a way and a place that suits you, be faithful in it and also try to be adventurous (different methodologies). What does it mean to be human? This is a challenging question that must be aligned with Christian faith – with the death and resurrection of Jesus. 

Key lessons in leadership: single most important thing is the quality of the relationships with those you work with. This is more important than the projects we are working on. Much of the leadership is currently with the clergy – greater similarity to family life than business life. Leadership exercise is a judgement on how far you can push someone without damaging the relationship. There needs to be a real bond between people in order to exercise leadership successfully within the catholic church. 

Pope Francis – wants Bishops to be men who ‘smell of the sheep’ – looking for people who will exercise leadership with an understanding of life – in the poor places, the marginalised groups. 

We learn a lot from failure – we can shy away from people who have failed, this is often a mistake, especially if they have learned from them. It is then that we can become wiser and stronger.

Justin Welby joined the interview; a high priority is for the Lords renewal of the Church and this will be done in prayer. In prayer we can be reminded of both unity and division. We need to see unity across our divisions in order that we may see Jesus honoured in our world. 

Between Justin and Vincent – there is an implicit trust with one another. There is real progress in seeing churches work together and the relationship is growing (eg the trafficking projects) because their is a ‘wind behind us and we are just setting the sails’. 

A deep commitment to human relationship, particularly the poor and those on the edge. 

Welby; The things that destroy peace are not the external events but the internal – divisions within the church. We destroy the peace of the church and its ability to be peacemaker when we fight one another. 

There is a need for people to see unity, it is visible symbols that will brek into the lives of people. We cripple our witness when we are not united, people need to see the church united, this is how we will see the world brought face to face with Jesus Christ. 

Adaptability

As a follow up to my recent post on flexibility, there is a need to talk about adaptability too. Adaptability is different but also exceedingly important.
Adaptability is a gift that allows some individuals to respond with their changing environment. Plans may take a different shape and alter at a moments notice, this is when the team leader requires the skill of adapting. It is not every leader who has this ability but every good team has an individual with this ability. It prevents the project from grinding to a halt, it stops hurdles remaining as a permanent stumbling block and it is the ability to ‘find a way’.
If you are on a route for which there are no roadmaps, you need someone on your team who is adaptable….if you do not have that individual, then it may be wise to find them, before it is too late.

Communication meltdown

Have you ever been in a situation where the discussion has involved the lack of communication? Yes? It would be quite surprising if you had not. However, it is also illuminating to know that often the criticism regarding communication is usual poor/bad communication too.

If you hear someone say, “I have not been told!”, this can also mean any of the following;
‘I knew from someone else but it was not you that told me’
‘I had been told from someone else but I wanted to hear it from someone higher in the chain of authority’
‘I saw it an email chain but nobody physically told me’
‘I may have overheard it in a conversation between others but I was a bystander’
‘I may have been told but have forgotten’
….and so the list could go on.

Communication is an art….it is not just about speaking/communicating the words but also understanding how they will be received.

Good Quote Friday

Previous journeys in search of treasure have taught me that a zigzag strategy is the best way to get ahead.” Tahir Shah
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands, but seeing with new eyes.” Marcel Proust
Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant.” Robert Louis Stevenson
Every choice you make has a result”. There is a consequence. It is the natural order of things. You can trace things back from the result to the actions to the choice.” Zig Ziglar
Do not worry about holding high position; worry rather about playing your proper role.” Confucius
Map out your future, but do it in pencil.” Jon Bon Jovi
Only he who keeps his eye on the far horizon will find the right road.” Dag Hammarskjöld
The art of life lies in a constant readjustment to our surroundings.” Okakura Kakuzo

misunderstood leadership

One of the expressions readily used by senior leaders and by conferences promoting their offerings is:

Everything rises and falls on leadership

Whilst many will shout a hearty ‘Amen!” to the statement, the danger lurks in how it is heard and the way people interpret it. The interpretation that some may receive and abide by is dangerous and destructive.

This expression is often heard as:

Everything rises and falls on the leader

This interpretation is wrong and should be avoided at all costs. This is a place of great danger and is, at best, misunderstood leadership.