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Scoping out leadership

Personal and business leadership skills are defined by the ability to navigate the uncharted waters created by today’s economic osterizer. During my 39 years working in the front offices of eight franchises in six professional sports leagues, the only managerial consistency that I have seen is inconsistency. Implement your leadership skills and keep your organization nimble, focused and healthy by becoming an expert on the uses of the eight scopes:

1. Microscope: To view and understand every minute detail of your business.

2. Telescope: To look beyond the given and create road maps to unexplored territories.

3. Stethoscope: To listen to the heart of your organization and the people in it.

4. Proctoscope: To take you to places that people don’t want to go, but necessary to protect the long-term health of the enterprise.

5. Gyroscope: To keep everyone centered in times of crisis. In today’s world, crisis is the new normalcy.

6. Periscope: To give you the ability to stealthily see what your competitors are up to.

7. Kaleidoscope: To help you visualize and appreciate the ever-changing business patterns and human interactions of your enterprise. Without diversity we have no teamwork.

8. Horoscope: A tool of science and symbolism used to develop bold plans for the future.

Andy Dolich (andy.dolich@gmail.com) has been an executive with NFL, NHL, NBA and Major League Baseball teams. He is president of Dolich & Associates, a sports business consulting firm.

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