In this episode, Matt Doherty, former NCAA basketball champion, MVP coach, Author, and Vistage Chair, knows a thing or two about the importance of having “Truth Tellers” on his team. In our podcast, Matt is joined by recent guest Andrew Sherman (from our “Cinderella” episode). We had an incredible conversation about seeking the truth in business, not assembling a team of “yes” people, and how ego can be a destructive tool for leaders. There are a LOT of takeaways in this episode!
Highlights and Takeaways from the Podcast:
- Be wary of weavers who let you walk into a party naked. Have people in your corner that will tell you the truth, instead of those who go along with the charade to protect themselves.
- Keep your pride in check. There is a stark difference between confidence and arrogance, and there is no room for the latter in your business.
- Weave the truth into your leadership style and into your culture, or you will pay the price.
- The leader creates the foundation for everyone else. Since the emperor wasn’t truthful with himself, nobody else was truthful either. You lead by example, for better or worse.
- If you continue to push the truth under the rug, the pile will get so high that you trip over it.
- In business, clarity is everything. As leaders, we cannot be the emperor. We cannot be in denial if we want success to trickle down to our teams.
- Develop strong core values so there can be healthy debate within your company. The emperor accepted only his version of the truth, and ended up looking foolish.