Do you have a number two like Mike Pence? If you don’t, I recommend you get one! Mike Pence is a perfect example of what a number two must and should do for their number 1. Enjoy today’s podcast!
The Blocking Back
Yeah, every leader needs a Mike Pence.
How did I come up with this one? This past Friday, Vice President Mike Pence was doing his daily Corona virus update and it was the epitome of what I believe every leader needs.
You got a picture him. He’s at the podium and he’s going through these serious subject matters and he takes a question from the audience and the person asks, “Are you aware in the last hour that President Donald Trump called the Governor of Washington a snake?”. Obviously, nothing with President Trump should surprise you. I think it’s fairly comical…
But what Mike Pence did at that point, just reminded me of what every leader needs. His facial expression did not change. He stayed on message, and supported Trump all the way through it in a way that it just blew me away. I mean, he literally he was like, teflon.
And it hit me because… you are a person who either is a leader or you’re working under a leader and in each of those situations, there’s a skill set that is required.
If you’re working under a leader, I’m going to share with you what I saw Mike pens continued to do that would make you extraordinary valuable to the company you work for and the leader you work under.
If you’re leader, you need this type of person and if you don’t have one, you need to go find one.
I’ve shared with you the type of players that every successful organization needs. I use various terms like pack mules: people that have great capacity. Mercenaries: people that can get a finite job done that nobody else can get done. MVPs: they’re the people that can become partners and help me fill in all the boxes.
I also like blocking backs. And Mike Pence is, in my opinion, a hall of fame blocking back.
And why do I say that? Let me take you through the qualities. And if you don’t have somebody who checks all these boxes, you need to find one or you need to develop one. I’m grateful that I have a few.
They Compliments Your Weaknesses
There’s a Ying and a Yang. I’ve shared with you great business partnerships over time and many include completely different personality sets. You have Steve Jobs and you have Steve Wozniak. You have Bill Gates and Paul Allen. You have Roy Disney and Walt Disney. Completely different. You have the Warren Buffet and you have Charlie Monger. They’re on the opposite ends of the spectrum.
Okay, so what you want is somebody who complements your weaknesses. You don’t want two people that have the same skill set. It’s like watching two dogs fight over one plate of food. It is doesn’t work.
They’re Aware of Your Weaknesses and Protect You from Them
This is where Mike Pence is just so good.
One, he’s a complete opposite of Donald Trump. He’s fully aware of it. I don’t believe he became VP without being completely aware of this.
They Take Hits Intended for You
And that’s what Mike Pence does during that interview. He deflected and stepped in front of bullets that were fully intended for President Donald Trump.
My staff does this for me. They do everything they can to keep customers and clients away from me and if I do need to get involved, it’s because I’m the only one who can solve the problem and I’m fine with that. They know there’s a point where you need to pull the fire alarm, which would be to involve me, but they take hits intended for me all the time.
They Take Work that I Could Be Doing That is Not in My Strengths
They want to constantly take work from me that’s not intended for me as well. Stuff I don’t do well or don’t want to be doing.
They Are Loyal
They’re fully aware of your weaknesses and they’re fully aware that you perform a few certain tasks they understand that bring extraordinary value to the company. They understand that you are the face of the company, the personality of the company, and they’re good with that. They’re loyal to you and they’re not always undermining you.
They Support Your Vision
This is so important. Followers or co-pilots with the personality that doesn’t dominate— rarely do they have the vision.
So typically, the charismatic leader has the vision and the blocking back supports that vision. They don’t have a vision of their own. They may try to help you create the vision, and may have some input in it, but normally the face of the organization ends up creating the better part of the vision. Once it’s created, the blocking back supports it. They don’t undermine it.
Mike Pence clearly supports Donald Trump’s vision and every time he is in an interview, he’s constantly complimenting the President and taking hits intended for the President, took over the Corona virus taking work that could have distracted, the President, shows great loyalty during it, and supports the President’s vision.
They Quietly Know Their Value to You
They have a confidence. They know that they’re your YIng to your Yang and they’re fully aware of it. Mike Pence clearly knows what he brings to Donald Trump. What he brought to the campaign was an established government official with an unblemished reputation of conservative principles of impeccable character that would bring the Evangelical vote.
If you look at everybody else they were considering Chris Christy was just another Donald Trump, an obnoxious personality that would be fighting over creating their own vision, where Mike Pence was the complete opposite, and it just shows the power in that.
And why did I bring this up again? I saw Vice President Pence take just absolute hit after hit at the podium and he did it effortlessly. It was like he was born for this job. He was like, “Listen I understand I’m number two, and I’m good with that, because I understand that the leader has an area of giftedness”. Leaders typically have a giftedness that is obvious but not always explainable. They just have an it factor and blocking backs are aware of that value and support it.
I think every leader of an organization needs a Mike Pence. Why?
- They compliment your weaknesses.
- They’re fully aware of your weaknesses and they protect you from them.
- They take hits intended for you.
- They take work from you so that you can be in your optimum area of effectiveness.
- They are loyal to you.
- They support your vision.
- They quietly know their value.
He just epitomized everything I thought of in co-pilot, a partner, a blocking back.