I recently read "Wooden on Leadership." I was struck by many attributes of Wooden's leadership/coaching philosophy, but one jumped off the page -- John Wooden rarely scouted his team's opponent. If you're an avid sports fan, you often hear coaches talking about how much time they spend scouting other teams. They send assistant coaches to games, watch hours upon hours of tape, and even admit to watching their opponents' games in "real time" if they don't have other responsibilities.
What a contrast to Wooden who suggested that time spent understanding his team and practicing their game plan was more valuable.
How much time do you spend comparing yourself to others? Do you obsess over the leadership qualities of your colleagues? On a global business level, do you consistently scan the marketplace to determine how your product line compares to your primary competitors?
While there's something to be said for understanding why your colleagues have a great following or how you might make your product more appealing, you can't focus on those issues.
Instead, you should focus on knowing yourself. Knowing your leadership qualities. Knowing your product. Etc.
Sounds a little crazy, but you can't argue with success. And, I think John Wooden's 10 national championships in college basketball speak for themselves.
Enjoy learning more about you! Becky