Upward Mobility Anyone?

Shar McBee
July 16, 2021

Shar McBee

Leadership with a Twist of Yoga

Two tennis teams at Punahou School in Honolulu illustrate the value of good communication between teammates. There was a gold team and a blue team. The gold team was made up of the superstar tennis players. They were students who had taken lessons all their lives. They had the latest equipment and great outfits. Individually each member had beautiful strokes. 

The blue team was made up of the students who enjoyed the game but who saw it as more of a pastime. They were enthusiastic about tennis, but they hadn't devoted a lot of energy to it. They neither had the skills nor the elaborate equipment that the gold team had.

As the semester progressed, the blue team members always stayed to cheer on their teammates. Even though they were losing their matches, they would bring snacks and water and stay to encourage their teammates until the very last point was played. On the other hand, the gold team members would leave as soon as their individual matches were over.

In the middle of the semester something turned around and in the end the blue team beat the gold team. Even though as individuals the blues were not the top players, their cohesiveness and teamwork made it possible for them to take the trophy.

This story is from my book,  To Lead is to Serve.

Bertrand Russell said, "The only thing that will redeem humankind is cooperation."  What do you think?

Shar McBee

Want Shar McBee for your next event?

Find out more information, including fees and availability.
Find Out More
Keep Reading
Upward Mobility Anyone?
Shar McBee
Shar McBee
July 16, 2021
Two tennis teams at Punahou School in Honolulu illustrate the value of good communication between teammates. There ...
Conflict & Creativity
Shar McBee
Shar McBee
July 08, 2021
Conflict is part of life. Twists and turns are part of the creative process. Tension on guitar strings makes ...
Tech Leadership Development
Shar McBee
Shar McBee
June 06, 2021
"If you want to find out about people, give them a little power. It will reveal everything." This advice from ...
Upward Mobility Anyone?
Two tennis teams at Punahou School in Honolulu illustrate the value of good communication between teammates. There was a gold team and a blue team. The gold team was made up of the superstar tennis players. They were students who had taken lessons all their lives. They had the latest equipment and great outfits. Individually each mem...
Read More
Conflict & Creativity
Conflict is part of life. Twists and turns are part of the creative process. Tension on guitar strings makes magnificent music. Remember this when others are doubting your direction or when people disappoint you or let you down. Are you strong enough to be gentle with their transgressions? Adversity is necessary for growth, so can yo...
Read More
Tech Leadership Development
"If you want to find out about people, give them a little power. It will reveal everything." This advice from the book, Leadership with a Twist of Yoga, is an example of the practical and philosophical guidance you receive in our team lead training program. New managers in tech leadership positions often don't feel und...
Read More
Leadership Training California Style
Where else but in California would you find leadership training courses with yoga? It might seem trendy, yet, yoga wisdom is ancient so be careful before you laugh. On the other hand, go ahead and laugh. At Joy of Leadership, one of the yogic principles we teach in our leadership and management courses is "To Lead is to Laugh." According t...
Read More
Why be enthusiastic about servant leadership?
You probably do not dream of becoming a servant. Most people don't. You probably do like to be of service. I love that sensation. It's invigorating. Being of service feels like inspiration, joy, pure positive energy. I entitled my first book, To Lead is to Serve, and today, thirty years later, I still feel the title is magical and transformati...
Read More
Leadership Courses at Joy of Leadership
Leadership is a matter of positioning — not only yourself, but others as well. Whether you are building a new organization or shoring up an existing infrastructure, our Joy of Leadership courses will help you create unity and ironclad alliances with the people that you lead. One key to success in leadership is tranquility. By resolving inner ...
Read More
Leadership Training the Nelson Mandela Way
When you are considering different types of leadership trainingand you wonder what leadership qualities to emphasize, remember Mandela. 1. Mandela never lost his dignity. He remained uniquely himself. We all know leaders who throw themselves away like obsequious office hunters. Even though he went to jail for 27 years, he never compromised hi...
Read More
Tips to build a Leadership Development Program framework
Time to create a leadership development program framework? 3 things you don't want to forget: 1.A persistent, focused effort creates long-term success. We hear stories of the meteoric rise to the top, but those "leaders" crash and burn quickly. When people are given enough time to gain a solid foothold, they will remain with you for the distan...
Read More
Essential Guide to Management Training Programs
At Joy of Leadership our entry level management training programs make it easier for new managers to take on heavy responsibility. We empower the new leaders in our leadership development programs to lighten up. According to the I Ching, a Chinese book of wisdom: The joyous mood is infectious and brings success. Intimidation will work sometime...
Read More
Top Tech Leadership Development Programs Everyone Should Know.
"If you want to find out about people, give them a little power. It will reveal everything." This advice from the book, Leadership with a Twist of Yoga, is an example of the practical and philosophical guidance you receive in our team lead training program. New managers in tech leadership positions often don't feel understood. Still you are b...
Read More