At the end of the year, John Hunter does a great job of facilitating an annual roundup of business and lean blogs at Curious Cat Management. The roundup is a review of blogs by other bloggers. This year I have the honor of participating in the Blog Carnival Annual Roundup.
A blog that I discovered a couple of years ago was Lean Blitz written by Chad Walters. I like Chad’s unique way of relating lean and continuous improvement to the sports world, because there are plenty of examples throughout sports to do this.
Take the respect for people as an example. The NFL was ripe with instances of disrespect this year, from the Miami Dolphins’ handling of the bullying in their locker room to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ unclean locker room leading to three players getting MSRA infections. Not only in the NFL but in college also. This post talks about Coach Kelly at Notre Dame not listening to his players when something was wrong with the gauntlet machine. Chad tackles the issue head on in his posts.
Another topic on the blog is error proofing. Chad talks about how Clemson and Notre Dame handled a color out night at their school for a football game. Clemson was a huge success while Notre Dame not so much. He shows some of the differences. Another favorite is how sprinklers popped up in the middle of an NFL game at the end of last year.
Chad has created a unique blog at Lean Blitz. It is a fun and different way to demonstrate lean principles in action in any environment.
There has been much in the news about Greg Schiano, head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He has lost the respect of his players and last week it showed when they looked like they just quit on him during the game. I hate to see players quit trying. That is something that I find appalling. With that being said, I actually get it in this case. Greg Schiano has handled confidential situations with his players poorly and bad mouthed the fans in the media.
This will not help a coach get the respect of his players and therefore the players won’t want to play hard for him.
Unlike, Chuck Pagano who has earned the respect of his players in Indianapolis. The Colts are a good team playing great because of the effort they put forth. They respect their head coach and are playing as hard and disciplined as they can for him.
This is no different in business. This is why there is so much talk about being a great leader. Jim Collins pointed some of the same great leadership tactics in business that you see in football coaches in Good to Great.
Art Byrne is a great example of this in business. He led by example. Art gained the respect of the people working for him. They followed because they wanted to and the results of that showed.
In business and in sports, a leader must show people their vision in a way that inspires and motivates them to want to go there…not be forced there. Being forced never earns the respect of people. People are smart and see when then are being disrespected.
Become a great leader and it changes how the game is played.