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One Shareable Thing - How to Build a Team of Eli Mannings

One Shareable Thing - How to Build a Team of Eli Mannings
By Trent Hawthorne • Issue #16 • View online
Hi, I’m Trent Hawthorne, founder of StandupPro and COO at Rabbu. This newsletter has the one most shareworthy thing on my mind, with some commentary on why I think it matters. Simple, but hopefully powerful – which is how I try to approach everything I do.

New York Giants
Eli Manning on being clutch: I was never scared to make a mistake. I only think about how awesome it’s going to be when we score.

“I only think about how awesome it’s going to be when we score.” Man, that gets my blood going. You? Here’s a guy playing the most scrutinized position in the most unforgiving media market in the world, and he has no fear. He’s pumped. Touchdowns are in his future. What’s not to be excited about? 
As a business leader, you need a team of Eli Mannings — colleagues who play loose. Excited. Free. Business is calculated risk, and you can’t build a great business if your people are afraid to fail. 
That sounds obvious, but creating an environment where people feel safe to swing and whiff isn’t easy. Take it from the WHO’s Executive Director Dr. Michael Ryan:
If you need to be right before you move, you will never win. The problem in society we have at the moment is everyone is afraid of making a mistake. Everyone is afraid of the consequence of error. But the greatest error is not to move. The greatest error is fear of failure.
So how do you get people over their fear of failure? When things go wrong, blame systems and procedures, not people. 
People get defensive and afraid; systems don’t, which makes them the perfect thing to point your finger at.
A system wasn’t followed? Ah, we didn’t train enough! Let’s improve our training regimen as a part of the system!
A system doesn’t exist? Well, how could anyone be at fault for trying something new? If we’re going to do this thing often, let’s build a system based on what we learned!
A system isn’t perfect? Well, nobody’s perfect! No sweat, System! Let’s just work on getting better, eh? Let’s hold a System Review Meeting.
This works in almost every scenario. Do this right, and the defensive walls come down, your team focuses on the core of the problem, and the fear of failure disappears. You have a team of Eli Mannings – excited about a positive result rather than focusing on consequence of error.
I would argue that’s a great thing. Eli finished his career 117-117 as a starter – exactly .500 – but he led his team to more than one championship, which only eight quarterbacks have done. As many people have walked on the moon. He beat the undisputed GOAT Tom Brady in both Super Bowls, and he made the hallmark throw in both games (Helmet Catch, Manning to Manningham). For my money, he had one of the greatest careers in sports.
If you’re doing something difficult, your team is going to miss as much as it hits. What matters is having a team that will keep taking shots.
Need a System Review Meeting Template? Reply to this email and I’ll send you a format that works great.
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Trent Hawthorne

One Shareable Thing per week, for business leaders. Focused on management & leadership, with occasional forays into history and random topics I hope you find interesting and relevant.

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