Notes from Tony Dungy at the Chick-fil-A Leadercast (part I)

June 2, 2010 — Leave a comment

One of my favorite elements of this year's Chick-fil-A Leadercast was Tony Dungy.  Mr. Dungy was interviewed by Mark Sanborn, and it was an awesome interview.  I only wish it could have been longer.

Here are a few significant thoughts Coach Dungy shared in his interview:

The challenge is take players who have potential and help them become what they are capable of – My job and your job as a leader is to help the people we lead to reach their potential and be successful.  It's a challenge and it's not easy.  In fact, it's quite difficult.  But that's our job as leaders.

A team needs a goal to strive for – People want a big goal to shoot for and to strive for.  A big goal that a team is working towards motivates the team and causes them to work together. 

I honestly believe that people are most happy when they are working towards a goal.  I remember I was working for an organization where we had a leader who didn't really cast vision for our organization.  I remember often thinking:

"What's the point of all this?"
"Where are we going?"
"What are we doing this for?"
"What are we shooting for?" 
"What do we want to become?"

It was a frustrating time because we didn't have a goal to strive for which meant we were bored!

Focus on incremental progress even if it's not showing – This is an important principle for leaders and other workers to realize in our instant gratification culture we live in right now. 

Progress takes time. 

If you're a golfer you know that when you want to make a swing change, sometimes you have to get worse before you can get better.  When a golfer wants to make a slight change to improve his swing, he often starts to make the change and the results often get worse because he is doing something he hasn't done before.  But over time, the golfer will start to see progress and his game will start to improve as a result of the work he was doing.

Leaders who are trying to make progress need to realize that just because they can't see any progress, doesn't mean it's not happening.

Christopher L. Scott

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Christopher Scott is Small Groups Pastor at Rocky Hilly Community Church in Exeter, CA. He has more than ten years of experience leading volunteers, running nonprofit programs, and teaching the Bible in small group settings. He holds a bachelor's degree from Fresno Pacific University and master's degree from Dallas Theological Seminary.

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