#ThursdayThought – Thinking Differently, Acting Differently
Earlier this week, Chicago White Sox manager Tony Larussa – the Hall of Fame Manager from the Oakland A’s and St. Louis Cardinals – said that because one of his younger (and talented) players failed to honor the “unwritten rules” of the game by swinging on a 3-0 pitch in a lopsided game and hitting a home run, that player would be disciplined.
As such Larussa has been the subject of much scorn in news and social outlets.
In a sport that has been losing fans steadily over the years and at a crossroads of making the game accessible for fans and players, this old-school style of thinking is symptomatic of other old-school thinking in every industry.
Times change. Technology changes. Employee and customer needs change. So should methods and leadership styles.
Because employees and customers have more free agency than ever before to walk away from poor experiences or toxic leadership, outdated polices or unwritten (or unforgiving) rules, it creates an urgency for leadership to think differently than ever before.
And if we truly think differently, it will naturally come out in our actions. Just thinking it – and saying that you do – without the actions to verify your words is hollow leadership.
The rising stars of leadership know this intrinsically. As a result of their thinking and acting in newer and next level ways, they will be the builders of the next brands, win the market share, and supplant stodgy thinking because of their ability to understand the meta of what is needed in the marketplace. Not what is used to be.
How are we approaching our leadership thinking today, and working it into true actions that reveal a true heart for change that matters to others, and not our sacred ideals?