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Football field

Colorado’s record is 4-5 overall and their conference record is even worse but that hasn’t stopped their coach, Deion Sanders, from hosting a masterclass in confidence. The Wall Street Journal article by Callum Borchers is worth a read.

Here are the notes I jotted down after reading it:

  • A belief that you’re capable of greatness through hard work.
  • Set high expectations to the point where people say “you’re crazy.”
  • Many leaders struggle with employees’ loss of ambition.
  • Sanders is a benevolent alpha, a leader who earns subordinates’ trust by showing he cares while holding them to his own high standard.
  • The key is to be upbeat but realistic – and assertive in a way that spreads confidence to others.
  • Your team needs to borrow from your certainty in uncertain times.

Two quick questions for you:

  1. On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your employees’ ambition?
  2. On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your expectations?

I’ve rarely seen these two metrics move (in the long run) in any other way than parallel / tandem. If your expectations are low, you get low performance and vice versa.

Two book recommendations:

Trust and Inspire: How Truly Great Leaders Unleash Greatness in Others

Mindset How You Can Fulfill Your Potential

How to Discover Your Unique Strength and Own It: Discover the proven principles to make your practice more vibrant and serve your patients with excellence so that everyone around you thrives. 

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