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Shan Cooper - Leadership Journey 4/5

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But I still needed my trusted advisor. So I'll tell you, when you're going to an organization, you can't ask everybody for help because not everybody wants to see you succeed. But you've got to figure out who can help you. This will be my last story and then I'm going to let you guys open it up for questions. And so I met with my direct reports, one-on-one, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom. So I meet with one person, he had actually been hired right before I came in, David Logan. David has recently been promoted in Lockheed Martin and now lives in Texas. But David came in, he sat down in my office and I said, "Hi, how are you?". I always start with "Well, tell me about you", because I want to know about your family and all those kinds of things because it's hard to be nasty to people when you have a relationship and it usually starts on a personal level. So I'm a huge college football fan so if the guys are like "Oh god, Shan, did you see what happened?" "Yes, I saw—" so we build a lot of relationships around football, right? And so David is sitting there talking, "Tell me about your family", he's talking, we're sharing, whatever, and he said to me, he said, "This may surprise you". And I said, "What?" He said, "My dad's a pastor" and I said, "Thank you Lord", David said right? You know, you feel, you know if it's somebody you can trust. I said to him, "Look, you're going to teach me how to go build airplanes." And I can tell you every— we worked a 9-80 schedule which meant that every Friday we were kind of shut down up there when we could. And so Fridays or on the weekends, in jeans, what have you, I'm crawling through airplanes because I'm going to learn how to build these things. I'm going to know this job better than any man that ever had it. And so I did. Now it took me some time, took me about six months or so, because I had more than one aircraft, right? But I did that and David was right there, my partner, and I could ask him anything and it stayed with us. That was very, very, very important.

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Posted by: southwire on May 29, 2018

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