Be a Supporting Hero

Everyone wants to the hero that solved the customer’s problem, fixed the last fifteen bugs, saved the sprint, etc, etc.

But whoever they are, they didn’t they do it on their own.

Someone took over their other tasks.

Someone else cleared their calendar of meetings.

Another person on the team took on all their new hire interviews for them.

When they worked through lunch, someone grabbed them a coffee later that afternoon.

That’s how they got it done, that’s how they became a hero and that’s why the Supporting Hero rates higher in my book – they don’t do it for the glory, they do it for the team.

Anyone can score a goal, but it takes a team to setup the play, defend against the other side and the make the pass that everyone will be talking about for a long time to make the thought of the goal possible.

I’ll Know it when I see it

No you won’t.

You’ll simply have eliminated a set of options from a myriad of choices that are in front of you.

The only result from this strategy will be the continued infusion of frustration and confusion into the minds of your team as they try to hit some goal that no one knows exists, not even you.

People who are “busy” use this term to great extent as a smokescreen to what they are looking for being some unearthly desire.

The better approach, take an hour, by yourself, think, focus and come up with a few options of what you’d like to see.

At the very least you have eliminated a vast number of options, at the most you have shown your team what success will look like.

Both are great alternatives.

Obi Wan – The Greatest Coach EVER?

I should have written this on May 4th (May the Fourth be With You) but thought of it while writing a recent MEDIUM article on why we all need to have a Coach.

I started thinking of the traits of great coaches and for some reason came back to the Jedi Master himself, Obi Wan Kenobi.

What makes Obi Wan Kenobi the greatest Jedi ever?

  1. He never gave Luke all the answers he wanted and made him work for them.
  2. He let Luke fail in preparing to be a Jedi, making similar mistakes to his own.
  3. He knew when the time was right for Luke to find another Jedi Master to continue his training.
  4. He let Luke’s intuition and feeling guide him.
  5. He never made Luke’s mission his own and kept his role as guide.
  6. He never forced his own beliefs onto Luke.
  7. He through caution to the wind and knew that sometimes you had to take a Leap of Faith.
  8. He never boasted about his accomplishments or achievements and instead focused on the development of Luke.
  9. He made sure to step in and help Luke when others were seeking to take advantage of him.
  10. His impact lingered on with Luke even after he was gone.

Sure I might be a Star Wars fan, but you can’t deny the fact that if given the choice, you’d want a coach like Obi Wan.