Thursday, January 31, 2013

The Butler Did It

I have started reading Lead Like Butler, a pithy but generous tome written by Kent Millard and Judith Cebula, about six principles for leadership as embodied by Butler basketball and Coach Brad Stevens.  Without giving any of the six principles away (it would be easy to mention them here) let me characterize the overtone of the book as warm, fuzzy, and highly-readable.  Whether leaders discover anything new here may be more a matter of basketball than business--but the principles herein can easily be applied to any walk of life or in any leadership scenario.

This book reminds me of some of John Wooden's thoughts:  short, insightful commentary about basic elements that can have a larger impact.  Read the whole thing in a sitting . . . but then go back and study the highlights.  

There are plenty of basketball stories here as well.  Much leather to chew on.  Butler fans can reminisce.  

For those living in the Indianapolis area, you could probably take a copy of this book with you to a game in Hinkle Fieldhouse.  Somebody associated with Butler basketball might actually sign it.  Fill the inside cover with autographs.  Suitable for framing.

Most of all, have fun transforming yourself from a bench-warmer to a leader.  Get up off the couch!  Actually do something!  Don't be sitting around writing a blog . . . . like me.  And speaking of that . . . why are you reading this blog instead of Lead Like Butler


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