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Hotel Management - The Lessons of Ted Lasso

Jon Sholter


Today, in less than 3 minutes, we are going to cover the following: A show worth watching.

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I won't deny it, I love mindlessly binge watching a good TV series. With this being said, every once in a while you'll come across a movie or show giving valuable life and/or leadership lessons. That is, if you're paying attention.

For those who have not watched the series Ted Lasso on Apple TV, this is one of those shows.

Ted Lasso is a comedy-drama that follows the journey of the title character, Ted Lasso. The story begins when Ted, an American college football coach, unexpectedly gets hired to coach an English Premier League soccer team, AFC Richmond, despite having no prior experience in the sport.

Let's watch a popular clip from the show and break down some of the best Leadership quotes Ted has served up in three seasons.

"Be Curious, not judgmental."

You can go down many paths with this one beyond Leadership, I feel this is a very valuable business skill. Being curious is what brings actual growth to your life and career. Have you ever taken a contractor or expert at face value, later to find out there was a better way? Did you ask the right questions in this instance? Have you ever discovered an unknown skill or personality drive of a Team Member because you got to know them better through discussion?

"There's two buttons I never like to hit: panic and snooze".

If you want to be a great Leader, avoid procrastinating when faced with challenges or slow times and remain calm during chaos.

"Success is not about the wins and losses. It's about helping these young fellas be the best versions of themselves on and off the field."

How do you measure yourself and your team? Don't kid yourself, winning is awesome, but you can't win every day. So ask, are you on the right path? Did you take steps toward success? Did your Team?

"Be a goldfish."

Ted Lasso encourages his team to have short memories and let go of past mistakes or failures. According to him, the Goldfish is the happiest animal on the planet because of this. I am unsure if this is true, but it makes sense to me! Many times, we can beat ourselves up over a mistake. My philosophy on this is, to make sure you feel the sting of a mistake, and let it resonate for a short time. Then, take your lesson and let it go for good.

"Takin' on a challenge is a lot like ridin' a horse. If you're comfortable while you're doin' it, you're probably doin' it wrong."

Growth and progress often come from stepping outside your comfort zone. This is why change is so hard to enact within an organization. In fact, it usually gets worse before it gets better. However, the better comes if you have a destination and a plan.

Ted Lasso
Ted Lasso

There are many more nuggets of wisdom in this show, so I invite you to check it out if you have not already (although it is not the cleanest show from a profanity perspective so.......viewer discretion is advised)!

As always, thank you for reading and remember to like and share if you enjoyed. You shouldn't always be a goldfish.


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