Few things gain the appreciation of a top leader more quickly than an employee with a ‘whatever it takes’ attitude

  • Take the tough jobs.
    • The ability to accomplish difficult tasks earns others’ respect quickly.
  • Succeed with difficult people.
  • Put themselves on the line
  • Do more than expected
    • Typically, expectations are high at the top, low at the bottom and mixed in the middle.

Question: How do you maintain your “whatever it takes” attitude? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

One of the ways we teach leadership is through the game of golf. One of the reasons we use golf is because in the game of golf, it’s you and physics. Anything another player does has no impact on your game. It’s delightful, because, for many who join our golf advantage workshops, this is the first time that they will perform in front of everyone and be completely unable to blame anyone else.

  • One of the games we play is called red ball. At the beginning of the challenge, my golf pro’s give a red golf ball to a player in a foursome group, the person with the least golf experience. They don’t know why. But on the very last hole of the challenge, they learn that whatever everyone else has done during the round, now it’s only their score that counts.
  • Their group could have a brilliant scratch player or even three of them. But now the outcome for the team comes down to the person with the least experience.
  • Some red ball players relish the idea. Others just want to run away. This is truly about this idea.
  • The job is tough – there’s a lot of pressure and for this inexperienced player, it is tough period.
  • Their group mates might be helpful or difficult. Some might encourage and coach, others get exasperated and even angry when this inexperienced player fluffs a shot.
  • The red ball player is truly on the line. No-one can help now.
  • Those that relish it and have learned how to manage their mindset during the workshop… they do much more than even they expect.
  • Those that just want to run away… well this is their true character. They will never make good 360 leaders because they give in too easily.

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