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How to attract (and keep) your right-hand person

Do you have a professional sidekick?

As leaders, it is crucial we have someone by our side whom we can trust with every aspect of the operation.  This should be someone who is an extension of you and will provide feedback, insight, and valuable expertise when needed.  But, how do we find this person?  How do we treat this person?  In the #CJJblog this week I give you some tips on how you can attract (and keep) your right-hand person.  Enjoy.

  • Mission.  Does this person share the same mission as both you and the team?  Are they bought in with what you are trying to accomplish?  They also must be able to lead by example both in and out of the spotlight.
  • Loyalty.  Loyalty must be a two way street.  Yes, you must find someone willing to be loyal to you and your program.  But it’s equally important that you are just as loyal to them, even through the tough times.  Do you have an open line of communication with your right-hand person?
  • Empowerment.  Do you allow them to express themselves freely and be in charge of their own responsibilities?  Allowing them to be a part of the big picture will be extremely valuable in keeping them around.
  • Feedback.  Do you give and receive feedback well?  With your side person, this needs to be on point and with full transparency.  Share ideas and gain trust with one another to keep it coming.
  • Growth.  It is your responsibility to nurture and help develop your sidekick into what they would like to become (even if they strive to be in your position, one day).  A great way to do this is to involve them in all operational and day-to-day activities.
  • Meetings.  Have consistent meetings with them year-round (especially in sports organizations).  Gradually (based on comfort level) increase their responsibilities as well.
  • Like a sibling.  Treat them as such.  As the old adage goes, they don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.  Do you truly care about your side person?

Did You Know?  Coach is delivering his “Who’s your J-Mac” speech to the Greece Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, November 1st.  You can register HERE.

Life Tip #7:  Treat people like they want to be treated (know your people)

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