Maximize Your Opportunity to Lead

Maximize Your Opportunity to Lead

Last weekend at the A Step Up symposium, Big East Associate Women’s Basketball Commissioner Danielle Donehew spoke to the Director of Operations group about using their transferrable skills to transition to the next level of administration. She did such a great job that symposium founder Felicia Hall Allen asked her to make the same presentation to all the coaches. Lots of helpful information! Some snippets from my notes:

Who are you? What makes you tick? 
  • Must know who we are before we can lead others
  • What’s your passion?
  • Where do your talents and dreams overlap?
  • Who do you want to learn from? (love this question!)
  • What’s your definition of success?
  • What are your values? mission statement?
Begin with the End in Mind
  • Decision-making
    • make decisions according to your definition of success
    • make decisions going toward something and in light of your values and the job you want
    • align yourself with people who have vision, who you believe in and who you enjoy
    • put opportunity ahead of security
  • Invest in People
    • if you want to live forever, invest in the lives of people
    • we all need mentors, sharpeners (peers/colleagues) and mentees
    • help others—are you a fountain or a drain?
    • don’t overlook the difficult people in your life; they will help you develop into something beautiful (the way an irritant like sand helps an oyster form a pearl)
  • Be a Star Where You Are
    • take advantage of your current opportunity—be the best you can be now; become invaluable to the team
    • be a great teammate—be the one people depend on to get the job done
    • learn the system—how do things get done on campus? who are the power people? learn the system so you can run the system.
    • become a finisher—focus on solutions