I wanted to share something with you that has been coming up a lot in our world here at The Molitor Group and is a recurring theme on The Athletics of Business podcast.

Before I do… me back up for a second. 

We spend a great deal of time talking about the parallels between high-performing teams in sports and business. When you take a minute to really think about it, the similarities are fascinating. 

High-performing teams in business and athletics have intense training, complex strategies, team members with diverse backgrounds, game plans, talented competition, the highs and lows of winning and losing, and a powerful culture. 

Now I ask you… what is the one common thread that ties all of those things together?

That is right… a coach. Not just a manager who is telling people what to do but a leader who sees in their people something that they may not see in themselves. A leader who realizes that the only way to reach his or her potential is to help their team members achieve theirs. 

Developing coaches has become a huge focal point for us and we are enjoying every second of it. 


Because today’s workforce wants to have a great job. What does that mean?

According to Gallup, that means they are working full time for an organization, with 30+ hours a week, a living wage paycheck and that they are engaged in meaningful and fulfilling work and feel they are experiencing real individual growth and improvement in the workplace.

They want a coach!

Great coaches are the ones who get the maximum out of their people by pouring the maximum into them. 

Sometimes they believe in their people before they believe in themselves and it is the great coaches who find a way to leverage their team members strengths in order for them to maximize their potential… or as we like to say… unleash their greatness. 

So, as I was writing this I thought to myself that I would really like to share a podcast interview with an incredible servant leader who embraces the value of coaching your people… not just managing them. 

Boom! On Episode 33, Ronell Peters nails it. Ronell has been SVP of Houston Special Projects and Senior Manager at TD Industries, Inc.  since 2013. His story is one I love sharing as he joined TD Industries in 1988 as a Project Coordinator and over the course of 26 years has progressed through a number of roles within the organization. 

Listen here as Ronell talks about, among many other impactful topics, why his coaching style involves helping his people learn what they don’t know by a process in which they discover the answer together. He also dives into his strong belief in servant leadership, and how he brings the principles of servant leadership into his work, family and volunteering. 

Let me leave you with a quote from the 22:05 mark of the interview where Ronell says, “I think when you get outside of yourself and stop trying to promote yourself and if I can serve you and make you better than that simply makes me better.” 

That is what great coaches do!

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