While college football may be on the field, on our minds, and on our TVs at this time of year, it brings to consideration an age old argument of what wins games...offense or defense?
The answer is YES...at least in life. Winners of confidence, relationships and presence use both offense and defense thoughtfully and strategically, kindly, and appropriately for leading and navigating opportunities and challenges.
Demonstrate a sound offense by:
- Being prepared
- Planning ahead for the "What next?" approach to ideas and execution
- Surrounding yourself with those who think similarly and differently than you do
- Going deeper in your line-up than originally planned
- Practicing your delivery of ideas and answers
- Avoiding saying things that will directly offend others (avoid "always" and/or "never")
Demonstrate a sound defense by:
- Taking alternative views/perspectives into consideration
- Playing "What else?" questions through your mind in order to answer them
- Saying "You may be right..." before answering a contradictory statement or question (keeps you calm, and does not insight defensiveness from others)
- Staying professional by responding with "It sounds like..." or "What it seems like..." if/when you are offended by someone or something said (versus getting personal)
Keeping both your offense and your defense in game-day form will likely have your enjoying your opportunities, and facing your challenges with good plays, good blocking and tackling...and even better results!