Everywhere I go in Tucson, Phoenix, or anywhere in Arizona I hear angry talk about immigration and SB1070. The federal lawsuit is big news and most Arizonans seem to see through the huff and bluff to the real issue. We have two extremes blasting us with rhetoric right now. One side represented by Attorney General Eric Holder and the other side by radio and television personality Glen Beck. What is the motivation behind either of them? Holder claims the state of Arizona does not have the legal right to uphold immigration laws. Great, do something constructive about it! Beck, well love him or hate him, he is working hard at becoming a more explosive, and perhaps richer, version of Rush Limbaugh. Tucson is caught in the middle. Both sides are off the mark and trying to project their own motivation and agenda on us. I think they both need some good solid coaching. How about you?
Why do the Tucson business, political, educational, or just individual people need coaching? Nearly all the great leaders will tell you they succeeded because of the invaluable coaching they received early in their careers. Those seeking success are well advised to seek first a mentor. Everyone should!
When Sam Walton died quietly following a long battle with bone cancer, he left behind a legacy as a folk hero, one of the most influential (and richest) retailers of this century. You’ve heard of him, right? He founded a little company called Walmart.
The character of “Mr. Sam,” as he liked to be called, was made during the Great Depression. The youngest Eagle Scout in Missouri, state champion quarterback, student council president, and Army officer, Sam learned the value of thrift, hard work, and leadership.
Once out of college and the Army, Sam aspired to an MBA degree and dreamed of becoming president of the United States. Reality intervened, however, and he found himself in Iowa working for J.C. Penney at a salary of $85 a month. During those lean years, he honed his skills for the retail world. He continually pushed retailing to its limits, always experimenting, promoting, changing, and practicing. And yet he remained fixed on what he had learned from James Cash Penney himself to always put customer satisfaction ahead of profits.
Sam Walton would become a leader to thousands and a coach to many. First however, he aligned himself with a coach he could respect and learn from — J.C. Penney.
Whatever your endeavor, your vision, your mission, find role models, people who are consistently producing the results you want. Find out what they believe, what strategies they use, and copy them. A good role model (coach, mentor) can save you months, even years of trial and error.
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