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Death to perfection and the rise of the real

Death to perfection and the rise of the real

When I started learning about values I discovered “authenticity” was a bad mama jama value for me. 

When I meet someone I don’t want the glossy, airbrushed, everything is “GREAT!” version of life, I want it real and raw. I want the cracks in the pavement. The frays around the edges. 


Knowing that they trust you with their fears, doubts, or fantasies (of wanting to slowly roll out of a moving car to escape kids screaming in the back, for example). That’s the real deal. That’s connection. That’s the juicy stuff that makes life worth living. 

Everything else is like a canned laugh track from an 80s sitcoms. You can sniff that fake nonsense from a mile away but after a while you become totally numb to it. 

5 Leadership Learnings From Didier Deschamps

5 Leadership Learnings From Didier Deschamps

My favorite moment from last night’s insane World Cup Championship Final was watching the French team hoist their impeccably-dressed coach and leader Didier Deschamps up in the air while squirting him relentlessly in the face with their squeeze water bottles. 


If that’s not a sign of love for your leader than I don’t know what is. 


During the entire Coup du Monde I’ve kept my eye focused on Deschamps (and Giroud and Griezmann, but for other reasons). 


I’ve been fascinated by his calm. His serenity. His determination. His focus. His humility. 


So in honor of Didier and all of the leaders who inspire their teams to grow and perform in outstanding ways, here’s my top list of 5 leadership learnings with action questions that you might want to try on for size to get your team to World Cup status.