Mark Miller sells chicken. He also writes books.
Blake Brown is the main character in Mark’s High Performance series of books. Blake is a fictional business leader who teaches us principles of influence and execution through his life story. In Mark’s new book, Win Every Day, Blake learns, from his son’s high school football coach, how to lead a team to consistent quality results. Whether or not you are a sports fan, the principles in this book can help you reach your organizational goals by bringing out the best in your people.
“We will not drift to greatness.
Coach Moore reminds Blake that we must be intentional – each and every day – if we want to achieve great things. That intentionality shows up in three ways:
- Pursue Mastery – a level of skill where the desired behavior is consistent, execution is flawless, and the behavior is second nature.
On this point, I appreciated the important distinction between pressure-filled, discouraging expectations of specific behaviors and motivating goals that inspire us to aim for desired behaviors every day.
- Own the Numbers – visible, personally-owned metrics that keep each person accountable
This is an area that is challenging in a faith-based non-profit organization – people progress is not easy to measure. However, Blake’s story has convinced me that it is worth the effort to define markers that make a difference that each person can care about and aim for… and celebrate when reached.
- Help Others Win – teamwork that encourages and challenges each one to give his/her best effort
Blake also learns that individual “players” do not keep up this kind of intentionally without the leader continuing to coach the process and communicate well while guarding against arrogance and complacency.
I liked the way Mark integrated simple yet powerful principles into the story. I resonated with the combination of coaching the best from people, creating helpful systems, and using metrics to measure progress towards desired goals.
“Your choices are the only things you can control.
In our crazy complex and changing world, there is little we can control… but we do make choices every day. This book is an easy-to-read, helpful reminder of basic principles that make a difference to those we lead and in our results. When we are passionate about what we do, our results matter.
How might you apply one or more of these principles as you lead or influence others?
This is awesome! I love the quote, “We will not drift to greatness.” Being intentional in everything in life–including our walk with the Lord–is a choice we do get to make. You’re right–so much is out of our control. But God. Just thinking of becoming more intentional doesn’t move me forward. Thanks for this brilliant reminder that the buck does stop with us when we make choices.
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Thanks, friend. Yes – I thought that was powerful too. I also really liked his point about measurements. Trying to figure out how to implement that in our work.