Be like Dad: Brian Sanders
Brian Sanders presents 50 stories filled with humor, humility and powerful lifelong lessons for everyone. How many people want to emulate and be like their dad? I can identify in so many ways with the lessons he related, the incidents he recalls and the love he has for his dad comes through loud and clear. Lesson one Gather the Team: Team members will require reframing of tasks so they can see them from a new perspective one that will give them purpose. My favorite and that I identify with completely is Be Early and Set the Example: Powerful and important: my dad always told me never be late and always be there at work at least 30 minutes before the students arrive or earlier and appointments the same. Till this day I am never late. Once you are a leader do not just be on time BE EARLY! This shows that you are present, your team has your full attention, make sure the room knows how much time you need for the meeting and while you are there nothing else interrupts the meeting.
Lesson 3 the author explains how his father stood up for justice and lesson four so valuable KEEP LEARNING! In other words, as he states: Learn, practice, learn some more and practice some more. Take a chance, practice, practice, practice and then Learn to tell a story. Important lesson I also learned from my dad: Play where you can win. Stay in your lane, and your will find success will be a tad easier.
I cannot highlight all the 50 but Make the Team A Family: You do not have to be a leader 24 hours a day: Be a person, have some real conversation, share some laughs and make fun of yourself. This was my father, and my mom was his favorite sounding board. Take a chance, encourage your team and always know the risks. Do you have a list of the risks? Vital! If you are considering expanding your team that is good but : what is the cost? How about the benefits, consider the personalities that will interact with each other? What’s the person’s role and Is there enough work to keep him busy?
Patience is a virtue but at times you must be both patient and impatient. In this chapter you will understand the phrase: Life is a series of adventures when you see what happened to his mother and how his father dealt with the problem. Very vital when working or dealing with your team or anyone else: Take pride in what you do. Leaders take ownership and the key component of effective leadership is ownership. The organization you lead and serve reflects you! Very important!
The next lesson is 28 and it is one that most shy away from or will not face: Own your own mistakes. First always tell the truth, never try and hide what can be easily known. Leaders do not ignore situations they confront them. Face your mistakes.
Next: Never give up because every goal can be achieved. Another thing I still find valuable is to have a routine and I make lists making sure that I follow my daily schedules or routines. The author relates and this is important: Routines are good, and they give us stability, direction and benchmarks. They often generate long-term progress how it affects you as a leader you will learn when you read this chapter titled Have a Routine. When presenting your viewpoints or ideas make sure that you are clear, and words will sometimes require clarifying. Using caring candor and when telling a story use stories that the audience will understand. What I learned in college when having to present a lecture and ask questions of the audience; Ask Hard Questions: Reality gives you a path forward and allows you to make better decisions. Start with reality. There are so many more lessons that you can learn and discuss as a family, as a leader, as a member of a discussion group or an educator using these lessons in life to help students understand the right paths to take. Be the Example and one of the most difficult: BE PATIENT! Practice candor and help people change what they can. When people need encouragement, students and family members to motivate others to be better. Most of all be honest, be willing to listen be open to learning. Exceed your goals: As a leader what are the criteria your set for yourself that you have succeeded? Think long and hard. Finally leave a legacy: to be a better leader like his dad and the author: Spend time with your team: Be intentional about it, do not; just talk about your work be human, laugh, tell jokes and talk about life. Make Memories: BE LIKE DAD! Read the entire book and then reread each lesson and underline as I did in the book the salient points that will help you grow as a leader and as someone others can go to for direction.BE LIKE DAD: I AM!
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