A Reminder: “Champion” Traits Create Success In All Fields, Not Just Athletics

Often times when I’m speaking on my signature topic of “The 3 Strategies of Champion Organizations, Teams and Their Leaders” I will get feedback that all the references, analogies and metaphors to athletics failed to connect with some in my audience.

People think that the feedback their giving me is helpful so I can improve my connection to everyone in my audience. And, although I am always gracious in responding to their thoughtful concern I never alter my message, for 3 reasons:

  1. I believe wholeheartedly in my viewpoint.
  2. No matter what the message is no speaker is going to have 100% of his audience connect and agree with their point of view so it is useless to try
  3. No one has ever offered a valid, quantifiable piece of evidence that my message is not accurate and can not be applied to any entity needing leadership and teamwork to succeed.

I’m writing about this because my attitude was reinforced this morning reading an article about successful movies that are nominated for Academy Awards (it was a blog post in Fast Company Magazine you can read here).oscaraward

The article makes the outstanding point that almost every successful movie that is nominated for “Best Picture” is also nominated in other categories, such as “Best Screen Play,” “Best Director,” “Best Musical Score,” “Best Lighting,” “Best Special Effects,” and of course there are usually nominees for the “Best Actor/Actress” or “Best Supporting Actor/Acrtress” roles, etc.

Not all get nominations in all categories but they are never nominated for just “Best Picture.” There are always a myriad of “best” areas in which the movie must have excelled in order to be at the top of the class.

That’s why I believe my metaphor of a “Champion” in business works. The metaphor is cross contextual and works in any area where teamwork and leadership are necessary.

I try to make this point in my talks to connect with everyone but some audience members just can’t make the leap past the references from athletics into their own situation. But, it works for theatrical performances, it works for orchestra’s, it works for rock and roll bands, it works for cheerleading squads, it even works for families that have to deal with the day-to-day life issues of keeping a house functioning.

As a matter of fact, if moms and dads would apply my 5-Habits of a CHAMP to how they lead their family, I believe the world would be a better place, and our kids would be growing up with a greater work ethic and better mindset for long-term self-sustaining success.

If you’d like to learn more about the 5-Habits of a CHAMP and how they can improve your leadership capabilities, your team funcationing and overall organizational performance go here to apply for one my February Strategy Sessions and we’ll have a brief chat to help you incorporate the leadership strategies of Champions!

’til next time, make it a great weekend!

skip weisman, leadership expert

P.S. – don’t forget to watch real Champions in action this weekend as the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers play for the National Football League’s Super Bowl XLV Championship Sunday, February 6th. More on CHAMP Leadership and Team lessons from that event next week, I’m sure!