Leadership Opportunities July 2014

Posted on Jul 23, 2014 in Business Growth, Change, Francis Christie News, Leadership, Learning & Development, Personal Development

 In this issue…

Leadership: Would You Take The Penalty?

World Cup Penalty Shoot-out: Would You Volunteer?

Can you carry the weight of a nation’s expectations on your shoulders?

Volunteering to take a penalty is often the defining moment of a player’s career.


Romero saves the first penalty

If you succeed, you are a national hero. Fail and you may be remembered for ‘all the wrong reasons’. Or will you?

When Ron Vlaar walked up to take the first penalty for the Netherlands, in the World Cup semi-final against Argentina, the fear and stress were evident in his body language. He did not look confident. He took it badly and Romero, the goal-keeper for Argentina, saved the ball easily.

On the other hand, Argentina sent their best player, Lionel Messi, to take the first penalty. He looked confident and scored! This raised the spirits of the rest of the team and all subsequent penalty-takers also scored. Argentina won 4-2 on penalties.

Would you see this as a leadership opportunity? Or be paralysed by fear?

The ‘fight-flight-freeze’ response is one that we all experience when faced with a threat. It is instinctive, very rapid and beyond the control of our rational mind. How can coaching help you deal with it? See the full article – Leadership: Would You Take The Penalty?

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Jonny Wilkinson – My Hero

Jonny Wilkinson was my hero.  He crowned a magnificent career when he led Toulon to the ‘Top 14’ title by beating Castres in his final match as a professional player.

The previous weekend, he led Toulon in crushing the Saracens by 23-6 in the final of the Heineken Cup. He kicked and played a fantastic game and contributed by scoring 13 points.

The Final Goal

The Final Goal

He won our hearts with the ‘story-book’ finish in the final minutes of the 2003 Rugby World Cup Final in Australia. I can remember sitting with my friends, and gripping the edge of the sofa, as the clock counted down to the end of the game.  Then, as Jonny kicked for goal, leaping to my feet and screaming for ‘England’. See: http://bit.ly/WCup2003

Why does it matter? It matters because he has been such an inspiring character – a role-model for so many people.

What I learned from him and will remember is about his attitude.  See the full article: Jonny Wilkinson – My Hero.

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Recommended : How To Build Your Personal Brand

We all recognise the importance of developing a clear, marketing strategy for our companies. This is the foundation for how we find customers, decide what to offer them and then deliver profitably in order to fund the growth of our businesses.

So why not apply the same thinking to yourself?

  • What are your values and how do these show in the way you do business?
  • What is it you want to be known for? What would make you the ‘go to person’ for advice?
  • What professional reputation do you want to cultivate?
  • What is it that will differentiate the services you offer?

I struggled with these questions myself when I had to rebuild my own business. It is something that I am still working on now. I am working to improve my brand every week. So, if you want some inspiration, I recommend this excellent, short guide, on to ‘How To Build A Personal Brand’, by Roger Delves and Sonia Sherratt on the Ashridge College website.

To see the full article: How To Build Your Personal Brand go to: http://bit.ly/Ashprbrd

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