Mathew McConaughey is known more as a movie star than a philosopher. Yet in an interview with Jon Gordon, I listened to Mathew respond to the question of what drives his standard of performance, rising to an Oscar-winning actor. His response caught me off guard when he replied “embarrassment”. Matthew went on to explain that the question “‘did I bring my best to the table?’ drives a fear of being embarrassed. Not failing. Simply bringing my best to the table. Not stopping until I have delivered all I’m capable of.” He drove his point home by stating people have been mistaken for years; when they stated: “there is no I in team.” Click here for video link
There is an I in team. The team centers around the question
Over the past few weeks I’ve been flashing back to a comment made by the CEO of the company I worked for right out of college. He boldly stood at the lectern during an awards program and proclaimed “there is a recession going on and we choose not to participate.” While his energetic proclamation fired up the room, what happened next began a destructive cycle the company never recovered from.
He did nothing,
With today’s travel restrictions and social distancing, 90% of interviews are being conducted online with Zoom, GoToMeeting, BlueJeans, or some form of video broadcast. So, have the rules of interviewing changed?
The good news is much of it is the same. You still have to be prepared, now more so than before. Company Information is only a finger tap away. Showing up without knowing details on the company has rapidly become a knockout factor, at a minimum moving you down the rating scale. Since shaking hands (hugging at the beginning of an interview has always been frowned upon) has been eliminated as a greeting or way to connect with someone, we have to think about coming through a computer screen with as strong of a presence as possible.
You need to help the interviewer create connection, to have a conversation. Interviews should always be
Today’s news cycle offers minimal clarity, only a future of chaotic uncertainty. Cascading stock market. Plummeting oil prices. Political attacks from all quarters creating an atmosphere of descension. And near pandemonium caused by the spread of the COVID-19 virus. (I wish someone had the foresight to advise me to short toilet paper).
My first draft of this blog was a week ago. I didn’t immediately post it, hoping the news and atmosphere about going to the grocery store would settle down.
So, what are our options as we battle this climate of fear? I’ve
Standing on the steps waiting for my car, I turned to my left and found myself standing next to Jamey Rootes, President of the Houston Texans. I summed up the courage to introduce myself and ask if he would be open to sharing his thoughts on what it took to engage top-performing people. I figured that someone leading a professional sports organization would have insight on leading exceptional talent. Jamey smiled and graciously invited me to visit his office. That was the first C Suite leadership interview I conducted, and one that I have referred to most often in programs I’ve conducted on developing world-class leadership strategies.
The Houston Texans organization embraces the word IMPACT: