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Published on Sep 27, 2018
The front wheel of a bicycle is responsible for direction and stability - traits that every great leader works to master. Mel Parker uses a bicycle as a metaphor for the difference in focus between raw power and nuanced direction. "Not a single time did I crash because of my back wheel. Every single time I crashed because I wasn't good enough, I didn't have the expertise with my front wheel."
Our back wheels are: brain power formal education functional expertise technical capabilities
Our front wheels are: intellectual curiosity ability to connect interpersonal skills trust emotional savvy enthusiasm belief optimism humility
"Be focused on your front wheel because there is not a straight line between point A and point B - point B is always moving"
Mel Parker has spent a career achieving unparalleled success transforming organizations. In the military, every team he took command became the recognized most proficient and best performing team in the 82nd Airborne Division. In the corporate world, whether PepsiCo, Corporate Express, Dell or Brinks, he led significant transformational changes to improve profitability, productivity and customer focus.
As a military leader and C-Suite executive Mel understood that his most powerful leadership leverage was to empower his team and instill a “winning swagger”. An individual leader does not succeed it is the power of the team. When leaders create an environment where the team feels secure, empowered and supported they deliver outstanding results, every time. No Excuses!