John Wooden, the great basketball coach (and Purdue graduate) once said, “The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones.”
And we have all heard that one of the best ways to find a new idea or understand a concept is to borrow from another discipline or business.
From these two profound truths comes today’s post.
On Twitter (thanks@evantheshow) this morning I was reminded of an older quote:
“The best way to revive a church is to build a fire in the pulpit.” – Dwight L. Moody
Moodywas a 19 th century evangelist and spoke a lesson not just to those building churches.
While you might be reading and thinking about a church, the lesson is much broader. Consider this:
“The best way to revive a team (or organization) is to build a fire in leadership.” – Kevin Eikenberry, adapted
Note that Moody (nor I) am suggesting that the leader must be replaced. While that might be required to create the “fire”, don’t start there. Start with who you have; start with the fire.
If the word fire doesn’t connect for you, try passion.
“The best way to revive a team (or organization) is to build passion in leadership.” – Kevin Eikenberry, further adapted
If you are the leader and want to revive your team, look in the mirror. Are you passionate about your mission? Your team? Your Customers? If that passion has been there but is waning, find your metaphorical matches or 5 Hour Energy drink and get back on track.
If you are a leader of leaders, think about, and engage those leaders in conversations about ways to spark or reignite their fire and passion.