“Be not afraid of growing slowly; be afraid only of standing still.” – Chinese Proverb
“The man who moved a mountain was the one who began carrying away small stones.” – Chinese Proverb
It’s that time of the year again, the time in which managers sit down with their team members and provide feedback on their respective performance over the prior year. And while these reviews should merely be a confirmation of performance feedback that management provides throughout the year, they are an opportunity for a deeper discussion on the impact of that performance and the trajectory it foretells for us as individual contributors.
Understanding one’s performance in the recent past is always helpful. But what I’ve found to be more important in these reviews are the discussions around professional development – the opportunity it provides for each individual to establish a formal development plan and improve their performance as a member of the team while positioning them for future growth as an individual. Continue reading
“Only true champions come out and show their worth after defeat – and I expect us to do that” – Alex Ferguson, long-time Manager for the Manchester United football club
My travels have me in London today, which gave me the inspiration for this week’s quote and leadership message. After a weekend of watching soccer matches (or football as the rest of the world calls it), I think it is fitting to feature one of the most successful managers in soccer – Alex Ferguson – for my weekly leadership message. Tonight Alex Ferguson will lead his Manchester United team on the field for a game against Aston Villa, and a win will clench their 20th Premiere League championship.
First, a little about Manchester United (or “Man-U” as they are referred to here). As soccer goes, Man-U is probably one of the most storied franchises in the world. Founded in 1878, the club/team has more titles/championships than any other soccer franchise in the UK, including a record 19 league titles, 11 FA Cups, four league cups, and a dozen other titles including FIFA and UEFA World Cup championships. They are one of the wealthiest and widely supported soccer clubs in the world, recently valued at over $3 billion ($1.2 billion higher than the next most valuable sports team). Continue reading