Advice You Have Gotten: What Was the Best?

by Michael Haberman on January 14, 2011 · 4 comments


Flipping through Internet pages I came across a brief statement from NFL coach Tony Dungy on the best advice he ever received. He said that it came from Chuck Noll, the coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, when Dungy joined the staff in 1981. It dealt with leadership. Noll told him that leadership was helping others do better and that you did that by connecting with everyone under you and finding out what makes them tick. By getting them to do better the group did better. Good advice, especially for a coach, who has a limited number of people to work with on a daily basis.

That clip got me to thinking and wondering. How would others answer that question? So I would like to hear from you, be it personal, business, social or whatever. What has been the best piece of advice you have received in your life and how has it made a difference? Who knows, your piece of advice may inspire someone else. Leave a comment and share that valuable lesson.

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BarbaraAHughes January 14, 2011 at 9:29 am

Hi Mike,
I wrote a post a few months ago about five enduring lessons I learned as a manager (http://intellectualcapitalconsulting2.blogspot.com/2010/09/has-management-become-just-j-o-b-five.html). It would be hard for me to choose just one but if you’re twisting my arm, I’d say, “you are the culture”. You set the tone, the environment and the direction of your group. Even if you’re not the CEO, your team or workgroup takes its clues from you.
A nice post for a Friday!

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Michael Haberman January 14, 2011 at 9:34 am

Thanks Barbara. I like it. “you are the culture”

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anonymous January 14, 2011 at 10:49 am

I don’t know if it was the best advice I ever got, but it was pretty good. As a young military officer in charge of a remote location overseas, my commander came to visit and walked around the gounds with me. As we talked about a variety of things, he made periodic observations about things we could do to make the place look better for the soldiers. A week to the day he came back and we took another walk. He pointed out things that hadn’t been done that he had mentioned. When I expressed my lack of understanding, he said “I don’t talk just to hear myself.” I learned that for some leaders, ‘observations’ they make are their nice way of telling you want they want done.

Not all bosses are like that, but with the ones that are this has served me well.

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Todd Schnick January 16, 2011 at 8:55 am

rick pitino lives by a similar approach. he learns what his players (and his recruits) dreams are, what they want to achieve. and then he sets out to help them achieve their dream. he doesn’t do it for them, he provides a path.

key? each player is different. and it takes time to do this. but in the end, the team is stronger…

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