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:
- On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your employees’ ambition?
- 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:
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.
Order your copy of Own It: The Smart Orthodontist’s Guide to Standing Out in a Crowded Market