I don’t hide the fact that I’m a huge Florida Gators fan living in the middle of Alabama. I catch a lot of flack but that doesn’t stop me from cheering for my team.
If you follow college football, you know that Florida had about four years of awesomeness. Then, we played Alabama for the SEC championship game last year and lost. Most of our winning team has graduated or been drafted to the NFL, including our quarterback Tim Tebow, who some apparently think carried the team on his oh, so broad shoulders.
This season’s team has been less than stellar. We’ve lost two games in a row, one to Alabama, and the games we won were by the skin of our teeth. I’m so tired of hearing about Tim Tebow I could scream. I would bet good money that the team is tired of hearing about him too.
So what does this have to do with HR? Leadership and moving on.
The leader of the National Championship team graduated and moved on with his life. Leaders in our organizations move on to bigger and better things all the time. What we can learn from watching Florida football this year is that just because something worked really well for one team doesn’t mean it’s going to work for the new team.
Leaders have different skill sets and they have different ways of working toward the same outcome. If you try to force a leader into a mold he or she doesn’t fit, you’re looking at frustration and probably failure. Learn from the past, adapt or change your methods. Learn what your new leaders bring to the table and utilize those skills.
And for crying out loud, stop saying ‘well, Tim did it this way.’