Mastering a skill takes years, whether it is teaching, becoming a great leader, a parent or world-class speaker. Like the Bamboo Farmer that I reference in my speeches and my first book Water The Bamboo the key to mastery lies in one’s ability to be focused and disciplined for years.
Now that your NCAA Final Four Bracket is busted – thank you University of Maryland, Baltimore County Retrievers! – we can start talking baseball. You don’t have to be a baseball fan to appreciate the lessons that can be found in baseball. I was not much of a baseball player growing up, but I did make the thirteen-year-old "All Star" Babe Ruth team (I didn’t make it because of skill – there were barely enough 13-year olds in my region to field a team).
In Water The Bamboo, my book on leadership and teamwork, I encourage Bamboo Farmers to create a Bamboo Circle. A Bamboo Circle is made up of interconnected relationships that help a Bamboo Farmer reach their goals.
In my book Water The Bamboo®: Unleashing Teams and Individuals I encourage both individuals and teams to identify and water their bamboo (vision). It takes four to five years of watering for Giant Timber Bamboo to grow over 90 feet in 60 days.
In the French language, courage translates to "heart and spirit." If you brought your heart and spirit to your work, what would you be able to accomplish? One of the biggest obstacles holding people back from achieving their dreams is fear. The antidote to fear is courage—attack your fears with your "heart and spirit."
The idea of a singular genius is downright wrong. People are most powerful when they collaborate, cooperate, and put their minds together, and it’s nearly impossible to find someone who has accomplished great success all by themselves.
At the dawn of every new year, we vow to become better people in the year ahead of us. We set goals to work out more, to eat better, and to be more productive. But after a few weeks of hitting the gym, eating broccoli, and getting up early, we slowly fade back to our old habits.
Now that the hype has died down, the Olympics (and Paralympics) seem like a distant memory. Imagine making the medal podium and a few weeks later hardly anyone remembers your name. Was the 15 minutes of fame worth it? Most Olympians have trained from a very young age to reach that pinnacle in their sport — talk about Watering The Bamboo!
We have all heard the phrase "ready, aim, fire" and sometimes this makes sense, but if you look deeper into how teams achieve success it really should be "fire, ready, aim."
I am a firm believer that it is the most unreasonable person that has the most success. Think about a person you think is successful and I guarantee you are thinking about someone who is or was unreasonable.
I spend a lot of time reading books and articles on leadership, peak performance, and innovation to help my clients reach their strategic goals. In my book Water The Bamboo® I encourage leaders and teams to identify their Bamboo Dream (vision) and to faithfully water it for five years before it grows 90 feet in 60 days. The watering (effort) is essential to success.
As a former Division I college basketball player, I'm always excited this time of year as practices get under way. It is like the holiday season: new shoes, new teammates, and a new season. Even though it has been years since I have played in a competitive basketball game, it gets me fired up about the season of my current life and business. In honor of the season I think it is only appropriate to make a special tribute to one of the game's all-time greatest coaches, the late John Wooden.
What is FUD? Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt. People and organizations ruled by FUD never find success. A warrior fights for peace but the biggest, most persistent battlefield is within us.
There are a lot of leadership theories, and I have researched and studied many of them. The leaders I have met and admire know these 6 principles.
Besides speaking at events and conferences, I spend a lot of time coaching business leaders and teams on how to be more innovative and how to transform. However, I believe most people could coach themselves if they were willing to ask the right questions.
Most people understand that one has to fail in order to learn but if you ask yourself and others, "Where is it safe to fail?" an honest answer, sadly, would be, "Nowhere!" Rarely do you hear someone say, "I need to figure out how I can fail today," nor would this person find themselves in line for the next promotion.
Fruit flies only live for 30 days; and in those 30 days do you know what they do every day? They think and they sleep.
You have either just gone through change, are going through change now, or are about to go through change. With the pace of technology and information, even change has changed. Since change is the only constant, we must learn to embrace it.
I was recently asked by an attendee where you should plant your bamboo (dream). I quickly responded, “Plant it in your mind.”