What We Can Learn from the 2017 Astros?

Just 3 months ago, Hurricane Harvey became the first major hurricane to make landfall in the United States in 12 years.  Over 4 days, many areas received 40 or more inches of rain, as the system stalled over eastern Texas, including Houston.  With peak accumulations totaling over 5 feet, more than 30,000 people were displaced; and hundreds of thousands of homes were flooded.

The excitement the Houston Astros brought to the town was a great positive, emotional lift for the community.  The players—moved by the destruction in Houston and later in some of the players’ home country of Puerto Rico—were motivated to dig a little deeper during the 2017 post-season.

What a dramatic post-season it was with the Astros defeating the Red Sox in 6 games, the Yankees in a thrilling 7 games, and in one of the class World Series of all time, defeating the best team in baseball—the Los Angeles Dodgers—playing the first Game 7 of a World Series ever in Dodger Stadium.

Yesterday, I took 6 boys—who were excused from school—to join at least half a million other Astro fans downtown for the World Series parade—the first-ever in Houston, Texas!  What an exciting day, and what a way to start the month of November.

After the playoffs, I considered a few key lessons we can glean from the 2017 Astros.

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7 Ways to Sustain Your Leadership

Being an effective leader is enormously complex. It requires vision to see a future, dedication to make things happen, sensitivity to people who are quirky at times, and personal confidence without arrogance. - Dave Ulrich

As I’ve pointed out throughout the month, leaders need Sabbath Rest for effectiveness and sustainability.

Are you tired as a leader?  Today, we turn to Dave Ulrich—BusinessWeek’s #1 Management Educator & Guru; one of FastCompany’s 10 most innovative and creative leaders; and the #1 Most Influential International Thought Leader in HR—for tips on how to sustain our leadership.

Ulrich and Norm Smallwood, who co-founded The RBL Group—one of the top leadership-development firms in the world—partnered to write Leadership Sustainability:  7 Disciplines to Achieve the Change Great Leaders Know They Must Make.  They suggest a mix of self-coaching, expert coaching, peer coaching, and boss coaching for sustained change.

As you consider the disciplines they suggest, practice the principles of learning: experiment frequently, reflect always, become resilient, face failure, and improvise continually.  Sustained change is a matter of both the head and the heart.

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