1) He worked very hard to find and select the best team talent he could. One of his guitarists, 25-year-old Orianthi Panagaris,
was described by the legendary Carlos Santana as “one of the
world’s best” guitarists. How is
your team talent?
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Michael Jackson rallied his team to a bigger vision/
purpose, reminding them that their mission was an adventure to
entertain audiences with a level of talent that demanded their
all, and yet inspired the world to environmental care and world
Do you convey a purpose for your
team? If not, what purpose can you focus on?
He practiced and practiced with his team. He gave
practical examples of the pursuit of excellence in the entire
production, striving to get each note or step of choreography
just right. “Good enough” was not in his vocabulary and he led
by example. Do you walk your talk? What do
your people need to observe you doing?
4) Michael was very
respectful of his team, apologizing when he made an error and
gentle when offering constructive critique.
When you give feedback, do you acknowledge your errors and
encourage your team through theirs?
5) He created a team
culture, referring to the entire crew as a family.
On a scale of 1-10, how would your team
rate your team spirit/culture? What will you do to enhance it?
6) He empathized with their
nervousness and encouraged them to enjoy the journey, even
though he had been doing this for over 40 years. He even
encouraged his guitarist to shine in a solo, but reminded her
“we are all with you”. As a coach/
manager, on a scale of 1 to 10, how would your Direct Reports
rate your ability to empathize with them, their feelings and