Column: Time to find your broom


Commentary by Jack Russell

My team has asked me during the last few months why there is a broom in my office. Here is the story. My grandfather was my best friend and used to travel around the nation. At one of the conferences he attended, he had the opportunity to meet John Wooden. While meeting Mr. Wooden, my grandfather purchased one of his books and had him sign it for me. When he returned home, he gave me the book and told me one thing, “The autograph is great, but the pages are even better.” I started reading it and was immediately pulled toward coach Wooden’s leadership style that has carried with me my whole life.

John Wooden was the head coach for the UCLA men’s basketball. During his time as the head coach, the UCLA Bruins won 10 national championships in 12 years. Even with all the national championships he accumulated, you could find him each week sweeping the entire gym floor.

Something so simple has a major impact. Your ability to impact, serve people and to do the little things will attract others, which in turn will grow your influence, and with influence it gives you the ability to lead. The equation is that simple. Serve. Attract. Influence. Impact. A simple yet powerful message that each of us can implement in our roles as community and business leaders. Now, go find your broom.

Jack Russell is president of OneZone, the chamber of commerce representing Carmel and Fishers. You may write him at [email protected].


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