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If you watch professional sports, you’ve likely picked up on the fact that legendary coaches weren’t necessarily good players and legendary players don’t necessarily make good coaches.
Think of Bill Belicheck who couldn’t make a career out of playing football but as head coach, won the NFL’s Coach of the Year three times and led the Patriots to win six Super Bowl titles.
Think of Wayne Gretzky who holds 61 NHL records and helped his team win four Stanley Cups as a player, but as a coach, struggled to put together a winning NFL or Olympic team.
According to Sian Beilock Ph. D., a professor of psychology at the University of Chicago, the latter example of good players rarely making good coaches, holds truth because, “As you get better and better at what you do, your ability to communicate your understanding or to help others learn that skill often gets worse and worse.”
Sounds plausible enough but my experience tells me that playing well and leading effectively simply require two very different skill sets and it can’t be assumed that if someone has the skill sets of a leader, they must also possess the skill set of a high-performing player, employee, executor, etc. Leaders are a different breed. With the right dedication to leadership development, however, most small business owners can learn and hone important leadership skills.
One of the most important skills business leaders must have is the ability to think deeply. Internationally recognized business advisor, executive coach, speaker, and author Ron Price said, “Leaders MUST discipline their thinking to make impactful decisions that positively affect their staff, vendors, and partners.” In other words, they must exercise a richer way of thinking to develop smart strategies that optimize success. They also must possess the skill set of being able to influence others.
In this episode of Productivity Straight Talk, I sit down with Ron, who specializes in helping leaders enhance individual and organizational effectiveness, profitability, and growth. We dive into strategies for leading your team effectively and explore the concept of thinking deeply to ignite possibilities and get results.
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Ron Price is an internationally recognized business advisor, executive coach, speaker, and author. Known for his creative and systematic thinking, business versatility, and practical optimism, Ron has worked in 15 countries and served in almost every level of executive management for over forty-five years. As the former president of a multimillion-dollar international company, Ron works shoulder-to-shoulder with executive leadership teams to bring strategic clarity and transformational results. In 2004, Ron founded Price Associates, a global leadership advisory firm. He is the author of nine books about business and personal growth.