Leading Transition at the University of North Alabama

Mark Linder is a friend of mine from high school. Today, he is the athletic director at the University of North Alabama in Florence, AL. UNA has a great reputation in athletics on the Division II level, but have been trying to move up to Division I since the NCAA lifted the moratorium on transferring divisions in 2011. In December, they announced that everything had been finalized and approved.

In this episode of enNovo Radio, I get to interview Mark. We talk about the transition process and how he lead through that process. A couple of things to take away regarding communication and leadership:

  1. You better believe in what you’re selling.
  2. When you’re a follower, you have to sell up and sell out.
  3. You have to show the impact of the transition will be felt in the whole region, not just your piece of the pie.

This was a great interview, and Mark’s a great guy. I hope you enjoy the interview.

 

David has been a systems thinker most of his life. He has started three businesses as well as designed and developed systems and processes in existing organizations. He has a Doctorate in Leadership and has also done additional post-graduate work in communications.