Ever wonder why there
is no "E" in "Xtreme"?
Believe it or not, there actually IS a reason we left the "E" out
The reason is this:
There are actually seven "E's" that
make up Lake Xtreme's foundation. These "E's" are the
values that we (as coaches) are committed to uphold. None is more
important than another. But, they are ALL important to Lake Xtreme's
success. So, rather than include all 7, we decided to leave them
all out. Plus, we thought it would look pretty silly with an organization
named "Lake EEEEEEExtreme"! Wouldn't you agree?
These missing "E's" are also the foundation of our new "E"xtreme
mentoring program, AMP'D UP.
Tony Dungy, former coach
of the Indianapolis Colts, wrote an incredible book “The Mentor Leader”. “The Mentor Leader” is
a great tool to help any coach looking to mentor athletes or
any athlete looking for an opportunity to become a leader both
off the field.
As part of AMP’d UP, we are committing to help develop leaders.
Our players will learn 7 key principles that will help them develop
their leadership abilities. The 7 key principles (“E’s”)
" Teamwork doesn't tolerate the inconvenience of distance."
I believe it is critical for mentor leaders to engage with those
they lead. It's impossible to mentor from a distance. Without engagement,
you cannot lead effectively. You cannot mentor with empathy. You
cannot inspire people to new heights and lift them to a better
place in their lives. If you do not engage with those you serve,
you will never understand them or know enough about them to be
able to have a positive effect in their lives.
" Good teachers help every student earn an A."
Education is an essential building block of mentor leadership.
Workers who are new to a task cannot be empowered and elevated
until they've been educated in what to do. First things first.
" Our job as a coaching staff is to show you what to do and how to
do it. Your job as players is to do it consistently."
Mentor leaders create an environment in which others can be productive
and excel. They set the parameters and guidelines for the task,
project and continually recast the vision, and then provide the
tools and equipment needed for everyone to be successful in their
assignment and to ultimately accomplish their mission. In essence,
they strive to furnish what is needed for the task -- physically,
mentally, emotionally, and spiritually -- and to accomplish the
" Correction does much, but encouragement does more."
Encouragement is the fuel that powers our efforts to engage, educate,
and equip. Nothing does more to lubricate the rough spots than
a good dose of encouragement. Mentor leaders care. Mentor leaders
lift others up. Mentor leaders encourage.
" As we look ahead...leaders will be those who empower others."
Once the people you lead are ready, it's time to turn them loose.
But not before they're ready. As a mentor leader, you have a responsibility
to engage, educate, equip, and encourage them first -- and at every
appropriate point thereafter, as well. You can't just walk in and
empower them. If they're not ready, you're only setting them up
" Without inspiration, the best powers of the mind are dormant. There
is a tinder in us which needs to be quickened with sparks."
~Johann Gottfried Von Herder
Great leaders energize and inspire those they lead. Even as they
face their own daily struggles and stresses, mentor leaders look
for ways to energize and motivate the people around them.
" Teamwork: Simply state, it is less me and more we."
Many leaders struggle with this essential concept. Elevating is
difficult. It seems paradoxical to elevate someone who might end
up taking your place. But raising up leaders is the truly self-less
goal of every mentor leader, the culmination of focusing on others.
To elevate your followers means to help them reach their God-given
potential, even it means preparing them to replace you. It may
also mean that you prepare them to leave your organization for
better opportunities elsewhere -- perhaps even with your competitors.