Don Yaeger is a nationally acclaimed inspirational speaker, longtime Associate Editor of Sports Illustrated and author of 24 books, eight of which have become New York Times Best-sellers.
We simply need to do the common things uncommonly well. Don’s success comes from his ability to delegate to his team of 18 employees around him.
Read something positive in the early morning “before the world gets into my head.” And that led to the creation of Don’s “Daily Dose of Greatness”.
Don tells the painful story of when a close family friend, who also served as the office manager of his company, stole over $300,000 from his business. Don and his family had to deal with the betrayal, unpaid expenses, taxes, etc. that she had not paid. A near crippling situation -- but Don and his team persisted and made it through.
You cannot lead people you don’t know.
“You will never outperform your inner circle. Do you want to know what your capacity for greatness is? Just look at the people who are around you -- the people in your personal life and your professional life -- because you will never outperform them.” -- Coach John Wooden
Great teams are more focused on their culture than their product. Every great team should go through the process of creating a “culture document” and put the culture into practice throughout the company.
Great teams run the most efficient meetings, or “huddles”. They recognize that the habit of great meetings is a strategic advantage.
If we create a culture of empathy -- then our employees will know what is happening in each other’s lives -- and care about each other. As a result, teamwork will improve and that flows to our customers.
Be a better storyteller -- he or she who tells the best stories wins.
Don’t be stuck on finding mentors exclusively from within your industry. There are amazing lessons to learn from people who can offer you different perspectives that they learned outside your industry -- but can be applied to move your business onward.