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Leadership Principles 5 Annoying Leadership Principles from Peyton Manning By Steven Blue The Wall Street Journal recently wrote a piece on Peyton Manning titled “Perfection Is Annoying”. It goes on to detail what some people believe is Peyton’s obsession with perfectionand how annoying that is. Or is it? There is a reason Peyton Manning is arguably the best quarterback in the NFL. Perhaps, annoying as it may be, his obsession with perfection could the reason. And it could be a model for any leader to be more successful. Annoying Principle #1-Work harder than anybody else at the game Once during an injury, Peyton watched the practice on his iPad. He listened to the play calls through his helmet headset while soaking an injured ankle. He refused to be out of the action for even a second. You have to work harder at your business than your competition does. There is no such thing as an email-free vacation or weekend. If your team is not doing the same thing, they are not working hard enough to win your superbowl. Annoying Principle #2-Prepare more than anybody else in the game Peyton is constantly running different scenarios through his head. And he is constantly throwing them at his players (even in the locker room) to be sure they thought about it and are prepared for it. In your business, constantly throw scenarios at your team. What they you do if the market does this? What will they do if the competition does that? This will force your team to be constantly thinking about these things. This will prepare you for the next principle Annoying Principle #3-Prepare for the unexpected…and practice for it Peyton is seldom surprised by the unexpected because he has anticipated it and practiced for it. You can do the same. What are the most unexpected things you can imagine happening in your business? How would you respond? And don’t just have one response. Have 3. And then practice executing them like your business depends on it. It just may. Annoying Principle #4-Pay Attention To Details Peyton is a fanatic about the details. He doesn’t wait for a coach to correct a mistake by one of the players. He gets to the player first. He doesn’t miss even one detail during a practice. I know the order intake in my company every single day. Do you? I am not saying you should micro-manage. But you should pay attention to details that matter. Annoying Principle #5-Study the competition like no one else…Know them better than they know you It is not enough for Peyton to study the video of the opposing team’s last 3 games, as is customary. He has been known to watch game day videos from a decade ago. He always knows more about his competitors than they do about him. Do you? Study their past behavior to reveal their most likely future actions and their weaknesses. Learn about their CEO, the sales team and everything in between. Annoying or effective? You decide. LE With more than three decades of management, executive, consulting and speaking experience in markets all over the world, Miller Ingenuity CEO Steven Blue is a globally regarded business growth authority who has transformed companies into industry giants and enthralled audiences with his dynamic keynotes. In his upcoming book, “Outdo, Outsmart… Outlast: A Practical Guide to Managed, Measured and Meaningful Growth,” he reveals why seeking growth and surviving growth are equally perilous, and require different sets of plans to weather the storms. Visit www.StevenLBlue.com Twitter Steve@MillerIngenuity 47 leadership excellence essentials presented by HR.com | 04.2014


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