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Leadership Mentors Confront Reality with the Scoreboard

Posted by Orrin Woodward on February 10, 2014

One of the essentials of great leadership is the proper use of the scoreboard in each area of life. Unfortunately, people rarely permit the scoreboard to speak to them truthfully because the human ego loathes to admit weakness. The problem with this, however, when one deceives himself on his own scoreboard, he disqualifies himself for growth in leadership. In a sense, it isn’t until a person owns his weak spots and commits to a PDCA (Plan, Do, Check, and Adjust) process, that he enters the personal growth field.

After 20 plus years of leadership mentoring, I believe the number one reason there are not more leaders in the world is that most would rather live with comfortable lies than uncomfortable truths. For most people, protecting their egos by lying about the poor results on the scoreboard is considered more important than changing the poor outcomes. This is why leaders must deal in truth to grow and change. Although it may hurt the ego temporarily, only the truth on the scoreboard will set you free. There are many areas in which leaders must address the data on the scoreboard  to improve their Tri-Lateral Leadership Ledger performance in character, tasks, and relationships.

For instance, if a person has 50 people in a community and he has damaged relationships with 10 of them, it is amazing to me how many people can justify how it is nearly 100% the other people’s fault and they are blameless. Can the readers see where holding themselves blameless in any situation denies them the ability of improving their relationship abilities? Indeed, I believe God has placed me in many situations where I failed the first test. But this didn’t make me a failure, only a student who needed to confront the scoreboard, admit where I made mistakes, and submit to the PDCA process to grown.

In effect, leadership failures are the key to leadership success when one starts learning from the scoreboard instead of lying about it. Furthermore, when one habitually lies to himself to protect his ego from his scoreboard, he predictably lies to others as well. For a person who is dishonest with himself is incapable of being honest with others. This is why the Bible states, “The Truth will set you free.”

The whole point of LIFE Leadership is to build communities where people can study their personal leadership scoreboard to learn areas where they have deceived themselves. There are three main groups that people fall into when confronted with the scoreboard. Future leaders, when confronted with a poor scoreboard, use the data to drive needed change. Most people, when confronted with a poor scoreboard, do everything in their power to avoid the lesson offered by the data. The worst type, however, when confronted with the poor scoreboard, seek to blame others and absolve themselves.

Which of the three groups do you fall into? If the reader is ready to move on in life, then he must permit the data to speak honestly upon his current performance so he can change it. 2014 is the year for LIFE Leadership to step upon the international leadership stage. The readers are invited to join us through confronting their leadership scoreboard.  Here is a video on did on this topic.


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22 Responses to “Leadership Mentors Confront Reality with the Scoreboard”

  1. Chad Waters said

    Hi Orrin,

    This is a key subject for sure in and outside the business of Life Leadership. Too many including myself apply the process and then stall on adjusting which is simply growth. We need to fight that human defiance that let’s the “weight” back on and just move forward with our growth to let us continue to one million. It’s like stretching for a goal that is not there and then acting like you actually have achieved it, another weak point.

    We need to be 100% with the pdca process and our scoreboard. A “stretch” is not the score and too many miss that. Pdca what your truly doing and will get there faster!

    God Bless

  2. Maura Galliani, Sons of Liberty said

    LIFE Leadership has taught me how to HAVE a scoreboard, and to USE that scoreboard to grow and track the growth. It is a new concept to me and I struggle with it, but it works and it does get easier … and I’m surrounded by an awesome community that is teaching me BY EXAMPLE how to do this! 🙂

  3. Kody Ellis said

    Another awesome blog Orrin! I love reading these! The scoreboard is definitely a difficult leadership trait to overcome. Thank you got the tidbits in this blog to help with it!

    Kody Ellis

  4. Richard Kroll Jr. said

    Orrin… so TRUE! It took me many years (more than I care to admit) just to LOOK at a scoreboard before my ego was in check enough to actually EMBRACE a scoreboard for my own personal and professional development.

    I am so thankful to you and LIFE Leadership for providing this life changing information that allowed me to see not only the need for a PDCA (Plan, Do, Check, Adjust) process in my life, but also a SCOREBOARD in which to measure my progress… or lack of progress in the most important areas of my life!

  5. Wendi Witkowski said

    Great Blog Orrin!

  6. Christine Fleury said

    So true for every area! Thx for being willing to speak truth, knowing if we confront it we will be so much better and more blessed for it!

  7. Ken Hendon said

    Wisdom expressed with clarity is the result of the honest PICA process. Thank you for taking leadership in this.

  8. Hey Orrin,
    This is so true, obviously. I am encouraged to be completely honest with myself and my mentors. That is the only way to have progress. Hiding under a bush when it comes to scoreboard, has only left me under a bush. 🙂 thanks so much!

  9. CJ Calvert said

    Orrin, this is such a mission-critical process. My depth/numbers/volume results and Club 180 and Power Player numbers, good or bad, won’t allow me to hide. And every good leader has a sign on their desk that reads, “The buck stops here.” Great post!

  10. Mark Huber said

    Orrin, What a great article. It is nice for the world to sample the live example that I am blessed to see you and Laurie live everyday. I love how the scoreboard also gives you hope, because when you know what to focus on for growth, you have a stronger hope that your future will be great. God Bless, Mark

  11. Peggi Kern said

    Orrin, Thank you for sharing the article and video. I’m so thankful for the LIFE Leadership community. It’s been humbling, yet empowering to take a look at the scoreboard and use the data to become better. I am excited about the future of LIFE Leadership in 2014 and even more excited to continue the PDCA process in my own life to join the leadership ranks!

  12. Great video!

  13. Paul Brostowitz said

    Incredible truth! When each of us can take the responsibility upon ourselves,to keep that scoreboard in the forefront of our personal growth, true growth in our teams will result as a mirror of our character,integrity and honesty! Another awesome resolution to live by! Thank you so much Orrin, for your continued leadership excellence!

  14. Tammie Diepen said

    Thank you, Orrin! As a “newbie” to LIFE, I am absolutely amazed by the simplicity of the scoreboard – and how, even before LIFE, I used it as a crutch to keep me from becoming a better person and a better leader. Thank you for your dedication to helping people!

  15. Orrrin,
    What I get from this post is the scoreboard is omnipresent in our leadership endeavor. We chose to hide from it when we fail, and enjoy it when we win. This post is about being comfortable with truths and uncomfortable with lies understanding failures and successes from the same front.

  16. Tony Matteo said

    The best leaders I get to work with always remind me when I ignore the scoreboard. It sure hurts the ego at first. But when I get over it, growth always follows.

  17. Antonio Rosselli said

    Great Post …


  18. Phillip Kuntze said

    Fantastic article Orrin! The concept of a scoreboard in all areas of life is something I don’t know why most people don’t think of, myself included, it leaves so much potential on the table. It’s nice to be challenged by the scoreboard and uncover all those gifts God gave us! Thanks again for all your do!

  19. Michael McDonald said

    Great Blog! Time to confront my Goliath, and face my scoreboard! Looking forward to an awesome 2014 and beyond!

  20. Josh Dames said

    Thx Orrin for being such a great example for all of us to follow… Yes 2014 is the year;)

  21. Orrin,

    The Scoreboard can be such a defining factor. We use it in sports, but ignore it in so many different job, business and personal settings. For example in education we don’t always keep the best teachers but those who have tenure, in business those who have seniority and in our personal lives we can blame others. If more of us could confront that “Brutal Reality” as you speak of Orrin, we could see a much improved society as we would each be improving ourselves, our community and our countries.

    Thanks for teaching these life changing principles. It helps us all to excel,

  22. Barry Quinn said

    Going after the scoreboard and confronting Goliath, action over fears.
    Thanks Orrin.

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