It’s been said that you can’t go higher than your head (leader). So, effective leaders who continuously learn, leave timeless lessons for their team.
“It wasn’t about football,” Menzies explained one spring day while sitting in the shade where the food truck used to visit. “It was about changing the mind-set of people in Jamaica that females can play football. The kids did it, man. We created the environment, but they believed, and they did it” (Goff, 2019).
Hue Menzies’ effectiveness as coach of the Reggae Girlz is best expressed by team sponsor, Cedella Marley, as she observed, “Hue is such a calm person until you see him on the field, and then he turns into a little chihuahua, … He is lovely. He cares about the girls and cares about the program. And he cares about football” (https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2019/05/31/reggae-girlz-jamaica-backed-by-cedella-marley-make-world-cup/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.377769ae76d6).
“Something timeless is a classic of some sort that is unchanged by time. It’s just as good or true now as when it was created” (https://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/timeless).
A lesson is “something learned by study or experience;” or, “an instructive example” (https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lesson).
So timeless lessons are those that have enduring meaning. They develop character that will set an individual’s outlook for life.
According to some of the best entrepreneurial minds, like Bill Gates, Andy Grove, and Steve Jobs, “great strategists “look forward” to determine where they want their companies to be at a given point in the future and then “reason back” to identify moves that will take the business there” (Yoffie, 2015).
The care shown in learning and teaching lessons, provides a lifelong strategy that will guarantee success. Evidence of this comes from a group of 3,599 marketers from more than 100 countries who were surveyed on what distinguishes the most successful marketing teams from average ones (CoSchedule, 2019).
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Among the top findings of the study are the following:
- Top marketers are organized. Organization makes them 397% more likely to report success (R = 0.30, n = 2,055, p-value 0.0001).
- Top marketers document their strategy. A documented strategy makes successful teams 313% more likely to report success (R = 0.27, n = 2,055, p-value 0.0001).
- Top marketers use agile project management processes. Teams using agile project management were 252% more likely to report success (R = 0.22, n = 2,055, p-value 0.0001). (https://coschedule.com/marketing-statistics/).
So, effective leaders emphasize consistency in learning and applying the lessons that they learn.
As, we once again remember fathers in this month, I must share a tribute paid by a devoted husband and father of more than 40 years. As he said goodbye to his wife, he showed remarkable strength in lauding his wife, not so much for all the benefits that she had brought to his life in more than 40 years of being together, but more so for the lessons that she continued to teach him as she approached her death. The congregation could see in him, surrounded by his children, all the timeless lessons that they had shared.
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