Energized environment

Over the past 10 years, I have read a few books. Each of the book is so full of wisdom the writer has accumulated over many, many years. I am learning that not even 10 readings of each of these books I have chosen are enough. Each time I re-read them, I discover something because lessons I learn through everyday experience prepare me to understand what the writer is talking about.

This is my 5th reading of Pat Riley’s The Winner Within: A Life Plan for Team Players.

You also gotta set the stage for people to excel. No attitude lecture can take the place of the environment that leaders create for their people. A sound, energized environment allows excellence to happen because a leader has to help talent want to do its best. In the words of Wayne Dyer, the highest form of sanity is living in the present moment. It is also the highest form of discipline: a coach must keep everyone on the team in touch with present-moment realities–knowing where they stand, knowing where they’re falling short of their potential … and knowing it openly and fairly.

Pat Riley knows about leading, coaching a basketball team. But be it be sports or business, length of cycle may differ, but it seems fundementals of building an excellent organization are the same. I re-read his words, and really, I could paraphrase the entire book.

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