be better versions of themselves!”
In last Friday’s
Morning Minute, we discussed Empowerment, the #2
characteristic of “Best Managers” as described in a recent INC.
Magazine article. Let’s examine the top
attribute of “Best Managers” is to be Great Coaches for
their team, group, or business. Several skills are required to
achieve the status of great coach. They must help their team
members be better versions of themselves. The coach
must be a facilitator of positive action. Plus, great coaches
support the individual goals of each team member. Let’s break this
A coach is a
mentor. Mentors embody the qualities they want to instill in
the people they lead. By living the life they want the team members
to achieve, mentors become shining examples of what team members
strive to become. They don’t just manage the team…they
inspire the team.
A coach is an
organizer. The organizer sees all the steps required for the
team to win. An organizer puts people, equipment, processes, and
structure in place so the team will be successful in achieving its
A coach is an
instigator. The instigator makes things happen. When the
team gets stuck or needs a course correction, instigators rearrange
people, processes, tools, and events to get the team back on
A coach is a
disciplinarian. As such, they administer fair and personal
consequences to those who violate processes or ethics, or cause
harm to another team member. By administering the requisite
punishment, great coaches not only help violators get back on
track, they signal to the other team members the importance of
doing the right thing.
A coach is a
teacher. Teachers realize that they must be the primary
person who instructs team members on how to improve skills,
efforts, and attitudes that lead to successful outcomes. As team
members improve, the entire team improves. Such improvement is
necessary to achieve both personal and group goals.
Great Managers are Great Coaches. They inspire their team
members by being mentors, organizers, instigators, disciplinarians,
and teachers. They set the example of the qualities they want their
team members to emulate. They organize people, processes, and
tools. They require compliance with team standards, while assisting
each team member to be the best version of
themselves. Great managers achieve ambitious goals. And,
they accomplish these while building their bench of manager
candidates thereby enabling future growth.
That is today’s
“The real story
This is a story
of several people, whose decisions and actions changed the
Mary was a devout
18 year old virgin in Israel. She was engaged to Joseph. Because of
her purity and reverence, she was visited by an angel who told her
that she had been chosen to bear a child who was to be the Son of
God. She said “Be it done unto me according to your will.”
Then she conceived by the Holy Spirit.
engaged to Mary. Joseph later became aware that she was pregnant,
but not by him. He was a devout man of character. He had decided to
divorce her quietly so as not to bring shame on their families.
Then he received a message in his sleep, that Mary had been chosen
as the Mother of the Savior, and that he was to raise the child as
his own. Joseph accepted this mission.
In Rome, Caesar
decreed that there was to be a census of all Roman subjects. Each
family was to go to the town of their family and register for the
census. As Joseph was from the family of David, he and Mary were
required to travel to Bethlehem. It was Winter and very cold as
they made the treacherous journey to register.
Mary was 9 months
into her pregnancy. She had to ride a donkey during the trip. It
would have been impossible for her to walk in her condition. When
they reached Bethlehem, they discovered no room for them at the
inn. As the innkeeper turned them away, he told them of an animal
barn where they could stay. At least they would have a place to
stay out of the weather.
During their stay
in that barn, Mary’s pregnancy was completed. She gave birth to our
Lord. Inasmuch as they had no bed nor crib, they converted an
animal feed stand into a makeshift cradle. There is no record of
any doctor nor midwife.
Mary accepted her
role as the “Mother of God.” Joseph accepted his role to
raise this Child as his own. Caesar commanded that all return to
the town of their family. And, the innkeeper turned them away and
sent them to a barn. And Jesus, the Son of God, was born of a
virgin in these very humble beginnings.
And that is the
real story of Christmas!
(This is our last
Morning Minute this week as we will be enjoying some family time.
We will have one final Morning Minute prior to the New Year. We
hope you all have a joyous Christmas.)