Thirty-six Cardinal student-athlete's had a unique leadership development opportunity this week as part of the athletic department's LCare program. TEAM ONE and Team Elite, the women's and men's student-athlete leadership groups, attended Yum! University for their Achieving Breakthrough Results leadership training with facilitator Justin Patton.
The interactive workshop focused on key elements of leadership and strategies utilized at Yum! to cultivate people as motivators and innovators. The student-athletes were challenged to think boldly and creatively, while staying true to their core values. They practiced building "ching" (Yum!'s term for cultivating relationships) with each other and learned how to do this with teammates. The session consisted of introducing the student-athletes to seven different leadership and communication tools and techniques for them to better their thinking, intentionality and action to get results. One tool for example, was Future Back Thinking. On average, 80 percent of our time spent thinking is thinking about the past, 15 percent about the present and only five percent about the future. The student-athletes were challenged to think with the overall future goal in mind first, then break down the idea and work backwards so it can be achieved in the present.
Becca Maddock, a sophomore leader on the field hockey team summed of her experience: "The Yum! Brand leadership series opened my eyes to a completely new aspect regarding leadership. It was very interactive and taught me that being a leader is not just about working hard or leading by example; rather it also includes getting to know your teammates on an individual level and encouraging them with what you have learned about them to be the best that they can be. Justin lead the series in a way that showed us some very simple and immediate changes we can make to become better leaders on and off the field. I would highly recommend it to anyone who gets the opportunity to attend it in the future!"
"Yum! Brands gave us an interesting and exciting talk on how to set goals, inspire others, and always take the next step in being a leader. The best part was that it can be applied to our sport, our future careers and life in general," commented Kevin Bandy, a senior on the swimming and diving team.
Yum! Brands based in Louisville, Kentucky, it is a Fortune 500 company and one of the world's largest restaurant companies in the world. Owning over 38,000 restaurants Yum! Brands is established in 120 countries and pride themselves on excellence. The company strives for creative forward leaders who can continue pushing the boundaries of success.
The LCare Leadership Program is dedicated to educating and empowering Cardinal student athlete's with the necessary skills and performanced focused leadership training in preparation for succession in sport and life.
Yum! Brands based in Louisville, Ky., it is a Fortune 500 company and one of the world's largest restaurant companies in the world. Owning over 38,000 restaurants Yum! Brands is established in 120 countries and pride themselves on excellence. The company strives for creative forward leaders who can continue pushing the boundaries of success.
The LCare Leadership Program is dedicated to educating and empowering Cardinal student athletes with the necessary skills and performance-focused leadership training in preparation for succession in sport and life.
"Alone we're delicious...together we're Yum!"
Yum! Brands, based in Louisville, Kentucky, is the world's largest restaurant company in terms of system restaurants, with more than 35,000 restaurants in more than 110 countries and territories. In 2006, Yum! Brands generated more than $9.5 billion in total revenues, including company sales and franchise fees.
Yum Brands appears in the 2008 Fortune 500 company listing. Every year Fortune the American business magazine compiles, ranks and publishes a list of the top 500 U.S. public corporations based on their gross revenue. The Top Fortune 500 Company list provides Fortune magazine readers with facts and information about the top companies and their contributions to the American economy. Companies eligible for inclusion in the Top Fortune 500 Company list are are those incorporated in the United States and whose revenues are publicly available.