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Uncertainty

Mike Forde’s Fire Yourself Friday: Navigating Uncertainty

As we continue to navigate the uncertainty of the pandemic, a number of sports are also embarking on their offseasons; a period that can bring its own share of uncertainty and change even at the best of times.

Communication

Learning from the Pandemic: Communication

Over the next few weeks we’ll be presenting selected insights from the Sportsology roundtables in article form so that others can learn from the experiences shared by those who participated in the sessions. In this article, we’re looking at the communication learnings that emerged from the discussions.

People

Learning from the Pandemic: People

Over the next few weeks we’ll be presenting selected insights from the Sportsology roundtables in article form so that others can learn from the experiences shared by those who participated in the sessions. In this article, we’re looking at the ‘people’ learnings that emerged from the discussions.

Long View

Mike Forde’s Fire Yourself Friday: Taking The Long View

What matters is the long term view. What’s your organization’s north star? What are your goals and what processes are you following to achieve them? If you can answer those questions, then short term missteps can be mitigated by knowing your overall direction of travel.

Building Relationships

Relationship Building and the Creation of Successful Team Cultures

The deeper we dig into the cultural practices of teams that have achieved sustained success, the more apparent it becomes that they all prioritize the simple act of making people feel valued.

Empathetic Leadership

Mike Forde’s Fire Yourself Friday: Empathetic Leadership

The modern athlete is more socially aware and empowered than any generation that has gone before, and they want leaders who understand their views, share their concerns, and are supportive of the action they take.

Diversity and Inclusion

Practical Steps for Driving Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives Within Organizations

Once an organization has made a commitment to a diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) agenda, there are a number of strategies that can be adopted to build diversity into its cultural structures and decision making processes.

Silent Owner

Mike Forde’s Fire Yourself Friday: The Silent Owner

In the age of ‘decision accountability’, front office leaders would be wise to be strategic in their approach to educating, affirming and encouraging their owners around the monitoring and measurement of their actions and decisions.

Incongruence

The Power of Incongruence

If our organizations are to become highly effective in terms of innovation and problem solving, then we need to ensure that our cultures are dynamic enough to balance accepted practice with divergent thought.

Leading

Mike Forde’s Fire Yourself Friday: Leading For The First Time

As franchises look at hiring freezes and potential 15-30% cuts in headcount as a result of the pandemic, the question becomes: who can step up internally to fill the void?

People-Focused Leader

The People-Focused Leader

One of the dangers of the Unicorn leader myth – particularly pervasive in sport – is that it prioritizes the cult of the individual over the wellbeing of the people being led. In doing so, it sidelines the importance of collaboration, communication and empathy to constructive leadership.

As the NBA and MLS play out their 2020 seasons in the Florida ‘bubble’, teams are busy trying to figure out how they overcome the challenges posed by such an alien environment

Embracing the Difference: Advice for Life in the Bubble

As the NBA and MLS play out their 2020 seasons in the Florida ‘bubble’, teams are busy trying to figure out how they overcome the challenges posed by such an alien environment

Team Unicorn

Team Unicorn

In a 2017 interview with The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, ghSMART management consultant Elena Lytkina Botelho pronounced the death of the Unicorn leader.

Leader

What Followers Want From Leaders

As we’ve discussed previously, the great leaders we might label as ‘Unicorns’ don’t operate in splendid isolation. Rather than being an omniscient force, they are often guided by a highly competent support team and benefit from effective organizational processes.

Fermi

Fermi Thinking: Creating a Framework for Navigating Uncertainty

As leaders in the sports industry, we’ve all been dealing with uncertainty in recent months as we navigate a range of unknowns related to the coronavirus pandemic. When faced with unprecedented scenarios for which we are relatively unprepared, a lack of prior experience and available reference points can make it difficult to understand potential risks and outcomes.

Unicorn Leader

Challenging the Myth of the Unicorn Leader

In a 2013 TechCrunch article, the venture capital investor Aileen Lee used the term ‘Unicorn’ to describe the rarity of privately held startups with valuations of over $1 billion. Since then the term has been adopted to describe anything that proves to be rare and magical across a broad range of disciplines.

Unicorn Leader

Research Paper: The Dangerous Myth of the Unicorn Leader

As with the mythical beast, a Unicorn leader is considered to be so rare and to possess such magical powers that it becomes an iconic entity to be pursued at any cost. And therein lies the problem – at any cost. Magical leaders come at a price both financially and organizationally.

Empathy

The Role of Empathy in the Return of Sports

As elite sports prepare to make a return, they do so not only against the backdrop of a global pandemic but also unprecedented social unrest. Despite the huge amount of planning that has gone into the safe return of competition, these exceptional circumstances have seen a number of athletes express understandable concerns over returning to play on medical and/or social grounds.

Team Culture

How to Build Team Culture Despite the Challenges of Remote Working

During our conversations with sports industry leaders during the pandemic, we’ve heard that building – or even just maintaining – team culture has been one of the major challenges faced by teams who are adapting to a new pattern of remote work.

Communication

Lessons in Crisis Communications from Senior Sports Executives

Throughout the Covid-19 crisis, senior leaders in the sports industry have been attending Sportsology’s roundtable discussions to speak about their experiences of managing organizations through the pandemic, with communication being a frequent topic of conversation.

Scaling the Mountain

Scaling the Mountain: Confronting the pressures faced by new front office leaders

For many, securing a senior front office job with a sports organization is the result of decades of hard work and the realization of a long-held dream. However, it’s not uncommon for the pressures of the job to prove a significant challenge to those who take on such roles without a clear game plan for managing the intense scrutiny and expectation.