by Dr. John J. Franey, CEO/Founder of Developing Difference Makers
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Brackets, brackets, and more brackets are on everybody’s mind and on everybody’s desk. It is March Madness season, and the madness is sweeping the nation like it does every year at this time. With brackets on everybody’s mind, it seemed to be a perfect time to release Developing Difference Makers’ new BRACKET OF LEADERSHIP APPROACHES! We ranked eight of the top leadership approaches and sent them into bracket for a tourney to see who is the #1 leadership approach. As with the basketball brackets, there are always teams that were on the bubble, but just didn’t make the cut, so sorry Trait Tech Tortoises and Great Man Academy Giraffes. As with the basketball brackets, fans of each team will swear they are ranked too low and will whine they didn’t get a higher seed. Who are you rooting for to cut down the nets this year?
1. Transformational Tech Titans
Transformational Tech is the preeminent favorite for this year’s tourney. Founded in 1878 by Dr. James Macgregor Burns, the Titans are known for the way in which they bring all of the players together through inspiration and motivation, figuring out the issue that needs to be changed as a team, creating a vision for the change, and then taking collaborative action to make the change. During game play, they do not get caught up in the small transactions, but rather focus in on the overall flow of the game. This team will be a tough out for any tourney opponent.
2. Authentic A&M Aardvarks
Authentic A&M is one of the most mature and intelligent teams in this tourney. On the recruiting trails, their coaches are constantly searching for players who are confident in their own skills, but aware of their weaknesses. There is no hiding on this team, for every player must be true to themselves, both the positive and negative. This attitude helps their players to grow incredibly throughout their careers, which prepares them to lead on the court. Practices included significant time in meditation, goal setting, and visualization of success. This new age team is self-motivated and ready to rock the tournament this year!
3. Charismatic College Chihuahuas
Charismatic College is known throughout the country for being super motivated. They are an inspirational group that gives incredible pre-game and in-game speeches to provide each player the boost they need on the court. Their players are known for running through walls for the greater goal of winning, willing to leave everything on the court to win! The Chihuahuas are even more impressive in post-game conferences, as the audience becomes enthralled with their every word. This exciting group will have you glued to your TV as they connect with you in a way that will have you cheering them on all the way to the finals!
4. Transactional Tech Thundering Herd
Transactional Tech focuses their entire game plan on managing the game play on the floor. The team’s coaches are well known for barking out orders that their players have to listen to. If they follow the directions and complete the game plays effectively they are rewarded greatly. But fail to come through on the directions and a player be riding the bench the rest of the game. The Thundering Herd so badly wants a chance to play their long-storied arch rivals the Transformational Tech Titans. Their former head coach, Bobby Knight, thinks Transactional Tech is ready to win it all this year as long as everyone follows orders on the court.
5. Situational State Scorpions
Many experts feel that the Scorpions are a legit team to win it all this tourney. The reason is because they are perfectly suited to adapt their lineup and strategy to each situation that they are faced with. Situational State spends all of their time in practice practicing what to do each situation they face. Rarely do they ever face a situation they are not prepared for. This team has a deep bench that can be put in specific situations where their skills and leadership are perfectly suited for success in each situation. Look out for the Scorpions this year!
6. Distributed Institute Dolphins
For Distributed Institute, the strategy is all about given every player on the team a chance to lead depending on the unique situations they are faced with. The coaches’ believe that there is no single player should be seen as the team leader. Rather they like to give each player a chance to be the leader in practices and games. They distribute this leadership based on the situations they face, choosing who shoots the ball based on what they see during the game. This makes them a strong team during the tourney because they do not rely on one single player who can be taken out of the game by the opposing team.
7. Behavioral College Badgers
Behavioral College is one of the oldest teams in this tournament, having enjoyed great success on the courts since the 1940’s. They seek out players for their team based on specific behaviors that will lead to success on the court. Every player is tested before they join the team to make sure they have the leadership behaviors needed to succeed on the court. If you pass the test for the right behaviors then you are a lock to be a player. Often the most highly skilled team in the tournament, this classic team will look to make some noise this March.
8. Ethical Academy Eagles
Nicknamed the Gentle Giants, Ethical Academy is one of the best stories in the tourney. Their players and coaches are known for treating everyone they see with honesty, fairness, and care. They care deeply that their fans have a great time at their games and the players work hard to be role models for the kids in the crowd. This is the only school in the tournament to never have a NCAA ethics violation. They have yet to foul a player even one time this season, yet they win because they are so committed to their values. Their ethical behavior on the court may seem like a weakness in the basketball game, but instead their behavior is infectious. Watch for fans across the nation to be rooting for these underdogs.
Fill out your brackets and let us know who you think will win the Leadership Approach Tourney this year!