"You had me at coach" - Roy Kent, in Ted Lasso

Welcome to A.Icebreakers - there have been quite a few new subscribers today - so thank you, and I appreciate you 🙏

If you’ve subscribed today because you’ve signed up for Transform 13 - this is my simple one simple prompt-a-day / AI tool-of-the-day side-hustle thing, designed for real estate professionals to help save you time or money or both.

And that’s probably a good thing, as the deeper down the rabbit hole I go, the more I realise how easy it is to get overwhelmed by the myriad of tools that are coming at us harder and faster than a Jamie Tartt shot at an open goal.

If you are doing Transform, you’ll be able to shuffle through my posts here and get some inspo for the challenge. (Note that I do post extra bits and pieces for my paid subscribers - so again, thank you, and if you are, please look out for the extras!)

Speaking of Transform, we’re at that point where a few days out from kick-off it’s as hard as the last 10 minutes in a rough game against West Ham United - so I’m going to keep this one short.

Today’s Prompt of the Day

You may have noticed a few Easter Egg references above to Ted Lasso (my favourite show at the moment!) - instead of watching tonight’s new ep, I’ll be working on Transform video content instead.

But it doesn’t mean we can’t be inspired by the Diamond Dogs…

What are some of the big leadership lessons from Ted Lasso?

And the response from ChatGPT is exactly, everything I love about the show:

Ted Lasso, the popular television series, has garnered praise not only for its humour and heartwarming storylines but also for its depiction of effective leadership. Here are some of the big leadership lessons from the show's central character, Ted Lasso:

  1. Believe in people's potential: Ted consistently believes in the potential of his players and staff, even when they doubt themselves. By offering support and encouragement, he helps them grow and achieve more than they thought possible.

  2. Empathy and compassion: Ted approaches everyone with empathy and understanding, treating them as individuals rather than mere cogs in a machine. This fosters a positive work environment and encourages people to open up about their challenges and vulnerabilities.

  3. Adaptability: Despite being a newcomer to the world of soccer, Ted is willing to learn and adapt his approach based on new information. His openness to change demonstrates humility and a growth mindset.

  4. Emotional intelligence: Ted's high emotional intelligence allows him to read people and situations accurately. He knows when to push and when to back off, and can defuse tension with humour and understanding.

  5. Communication: Ted is an excellent communicator who listens actively and speaks honestly. By fostering open communication channels, he encourages feedback and collaboration, creating a team environment where everyone feels heard.

  6. Positivity and optimism: Ted's unrelenting positivity helps to create a supportive, optimistic atmosphere. He maintains this attitude even in the face of adversity, which inspires his team to keep pushing forward.

  7. Lead by example: Ted embodies the values he preaches, such as hard work, kindness, and collaboration. This authenticity fosters trust and respect among his team members.

  8. Focus on the process, not just the outcome: Ted emphasizes the importance of enjoying the journey, learning from mistakes, and continually improving. This focus on the process, rather than just the end result, helps to build resilience and perseverance.

  9. Build strong relationships: Ted invests time and effort in building strong relationships with his players and staff, which in turn leads to a tight-knit, loyal team that works well together.

  10. Be open to feedback: Ted is always open to feedback, both positive and negative. He understands the value of constructive criticism and uses it to grow and improve, setting an example for his team to do the same.

Overall, Ted Lasso exemplifies a servant leadership approach, putting the needs of his team above his own and focusing on their growth and success.

Here are a few follow-up prompts you could play with:

What of these lessons do you think are the most important for a real estate business leader?

For fun: Are there any leaders like Ted Lasso in the real estate industry?

What books can I read to make myself a better leader like Ted Lasso?

And then if you were looking to work on some aspect of your leadership, you could dig deeper into each book:

What are some of the main leadership lessons in [book name]

What are some of the lesser known lessons in [book name]

For those of you doing Transform 13, good luck and I’ll leave you with a quote from Ted himself:

“Takin’ on a challenge is a lot like riding a horse. If you’re comfortable while you’re doin’ it, you’re probably doin’ it wrong.”

Happy Hunting 🚀

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