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How do you tap into the grit and tenacity when you are exhausted? In this week’s Asking for a Friend  I speak with World Class Ultra Triathlete, Kurt Madden, who is also CEO of The Collaborative, about leadership tenacity and grit.

tenacity and grit for leadership with Kurt Madden

What is tenacity? And where does it come from?

I love this definition of tenacity: “The state of holding on to an idea or thing very strongly.”

Because if you’re a leader, who really believes in the “the idea or thing” you’re leading your team toward, that passion and tenacity can become contagious.

Asking For a Friend Conversation Highlights

2:47 How does grit and tenacity developed as a tri-athlete translate into your role as a leader?

Take stock of yourself – Where is your grit factor?
Most of the grit is in your mind.
Commit not to quit.
Be willing to hang in there longer than anyone else.
Lead by example.

5:07 Defining tenacity

No matter what you encounter, you can adapt/pivot.
Resiliency – inner confidence and humility to hang in there a little longer

6:06 How to coach someone to tap into and to nurture their own confidence

Get into their hearts. That will lead to getting into their heads. Build trust.

7:56 How Kurt applies some of what he learned as an athlete into his role as a CEO.

Daily reflecting on leaving a legacy.
Developing a sound culture.
Taking stock about whether he is personally growing.
Making enough professional development available.
A “no-finish line” attitude.
Life-long learning.

11:00 Getting into leadership development with your team

Be the lead learner.
Model a growth mindset.
Harness the collective genius of the group.
Do after-action reviews.
Schedule the finish.
Add up the years of experience on your team.

13:30 When you have the moments when you wonder if you can continue, what conversations do you have with yourself?

Name them: dark moments
Have a mindset that you will have major regrets if you don’t finish.
I’ve gotta go a little bit longer.

17:49 Additional advice for people who are leading people who are tired.

Mental health is paramount.
Create white space.
Take care of yourself daily – start with you first.
Consider the Most Important Things.
Focus on relationships.
Play the long game.

22:20 Thoughts about discipline

Overcome inertia.
Get to a routine/structure.
Don’t second-guess yourself.
Plan the week out but allow for flexibility.
Delay gratification.
Be willing to shift.

25:20 One great story

28:48 Last bits of advice

No matter how bad it gets, commit not to quit.
Keep culture a top priority.
Keep growing and learning.
Do things with integrity, pride, enthusiasm, and trust.

Your turn. I would love to hear your stories of how you find, and hold on to, leadership tenacity and grit.

Karin Hurt

Karin Hurt helps human-centered leaders find clarity in uncertainty, drive innovation, and achieve breakthrough results.  She’s the founder and CEO of Let’s Grow Leaders, an international leadership development and training firm known for practical tools and leadership development programs that stick. She’s the award-winning author of four books including Courageous Cultures: How to Build Teams of Micro-Innovators, Problem Solvers, and Customer Advocates and Winning Well: A Manager’s Guide to Getting Results-Without Losing Your Soul and a hosts the popular Asking For a Friend Vlog on LinkedIn. A former Verizon Wireless executive, Karin was named to Inc. Magazine’s list of great leadership speakers. Karin and her husband and business partner, David Dye, are committed to their philanthropic initiative, Winning Wells – building clean water wells for the people of Cambodia.


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