This past Friday, we were awed by the wisdom, humor, and inspiration provided by Coach Lloyd Carr at our CEO Connect Breakfast. This morning we would like to share some of the key insights, as reported by the attendees:
- There will always be a fraternity of critics who will second guess decisions, especially difficult ones. Stand by those decisions and believe in yourself.
- “You are where you are.” We often find ourselves spending too much time rehashing why we got to a certain point, instead of accepting the situation and focusing on what’s next.
- To handle the pressure, always work on things you can control.
- Do something: it is never the right option to do nothing. When challenged, you have to take some course of action. For example, when all else fails, call Charles Woodson’s mother.
- Expect nothing: do not expect anyone to do anything for you and appreciate everything done for you.
- You must have some kind of outlet to help you deal with negativity, such a poem, a prayer, or a friend.
- Success begins with the leader: to understand leadership, read about great leaders.
- Keep an eye on the ultimate goal (e.g. that players graduate).
- Clearly communicate expectations.
- Take responsibility for the failure of your team, i.e. accept the blame. The “blame game” does no good for anyone.
- Focus on winning, but always act within the rules and standards.
- Build a culture conducive to success.
- Respect differences and trust each other, because together we can do things that we can’t individually.
- Accept everything: anticipate obstacles so nothing is ever a problem.
- Only your best is good enough.
- Use your timeouts wisely.
Thank you to Coach Carr for these insights and for his dedication to those in the community who benefit from the good work of Washtenaw County United Way. Thanks also to those who attended Friday’s event and their generous donations to the United Way.