Tennis is one of my passions. I played in college but realize now, I wasn’t very good even after competing for 10 years. In the right place, at the right time, I asked a world class player for a singles match, with the intent to learn something new. I wanted to experience world class competition! Yes, he let me win a couple of games but overall, the exhilaration of the competition kept me running all over the court. Standing by the water cooler, trying to regain my composure, I asked him, “Ross, my forehand is horrible and I don’t know why. Is there anything you can tell me?” Ross laughed, “Yes, your forehand is terrible and it will never be any better.” I gripped my racquet even tighter, thinking I might just fling it over the net – because since I started playing tennis, I practice at least an hour per session on my forehand. I want to improve! I was taught working hard will make good things happen. Ross recognized my irritation and quickly followed with, “Gary, you will never get any better if you don’t change your grip! You hold your racquet wrong. Until you rotate your hand back behind the handle, instead of on top of the handle, you will never get better.” In amazement, I shook my head and mumbled, “You mean all these years, all those thousands of forehands, all those hours of hard work and it’s my GRIP?” With a sincere smile, Ross showed me the correct grip and replied, “Yes, it’s that simple.”
Within weeks, my new grip allowed me to slam out a forehand with no fault! I realized that experience alone is a horrible teacher. Oddly enough, knowing this common sense rule, and applying it to a sport like tennis or to our leadership skills, at times we forget to refine our talents and skills.
Many companies still place smart, motivated, hard-working employees into leadership positions with only experience to depend on. Or worse, you promote the super star to an executive position based on past results achieved. Why put your business at risk allowing your top performers to learn the complexities of leadership through trial and error?
This blog is dedicated to practical, intentional leadership principles, based on an easy to understand 7 step approach. Why struggle with the wrong grip for decades before learning the basics? I’m excited to offer insight into this journey for you using the distinct model I developed during my 35 years of experience and research. I am also aware, like you are, that continual improvement remains an important part of leadership development. The basic steps haven’t changed, but the discussion about development and learning does, with input from Statarius staff, academic mentors and executive coaches with over a hundred years of education and experience in the public and private sector.
I encourage you to review your “Business Grip” with the insights from our distinct model. We customize the approach with each company and executive. It’s a new model in the leadership development category. The name? “The 7 Steps of Intentional Leadership,” and the Statarius team encourages you to learn how it will benefit your business.
Did you know Statarius means “Balance” in Latin? We believe in balance – understanding yourself and how you relate to those around you. We believe in order to be a great leader, you must understand your personal and professional balance. We believe you create teams to supplement your strengths. We believe that competencies should be continually improved using different learning techniques. We believe in planning and execution of ideas using your leadership and your team’s strengths. Balance is the key. Check us out and create a dialog!