Mat Ishbia | Success is a Team Game | Wisdom Series: Part 3

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Mat Ishbia | Success is a Team Game | Wisdom Series: Part 3

Mat Ishbia

Posted on June 23, 2020

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As a player on the elite Michigan State University basketball team, Mat Ishbia learned firsthand how great teamwork brought in the wins—and TWO back-to-back National Championships! Now, he’s brought that same mentality to United Wholesale Mortgage (UWM) as the CEO and President.

For part three of his donothing Wisdom Series, Mat Ishbia and I talk about why teamwork is everything at a successful company. Hear his advice on building and supporting a business where employees and leaders thrive by working together.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Why accountability is crucial to being a team player
  • How to create a supportive culture
  • What Mat looks for while hiring new team members
  • Why everyone can be a leader at their company
  • How leaders can develop new leaders
  • What it means to “coach people up”
  • Why UWM are more than friends—they’re family
  • How to get a win every day
  • Why we need to embrace the underdog
  • The importance of being true to who you are as a team player
  • Why we need to embrace the journey no matter where it leads
  • And so much more!

In case you missed them, catch up with Part One and Part Two of Mat Ishbia’s Wisdom Series, a learn more about Mat’s life and leadership in his book Running the Corporate Offense: Lessons in Effective Leadership from the Bench to the Board Room.

Also, as part of the Wisdom Series, listen to the full 20-minute podcast or just hear my favorite Nuggets of Wisdom that we’ve pulled out of the episode.

Thumb Pointers. Not Finger Pointing

Is your team in the habit of blaming others for problems, issues, or errors? Here’s why Mat says that only creates a less cohesive, collaborative team.

Embracing Different Views

Do you and your team members keep an open mind when confronted with different business ideas or new directions? Here’s why you should always consider what others have to say whether they’ve been on the job for ten days or ten years.

Recognition Goes a Long Way

Learn how Mat recognizes his team in ways that are productive and continually encourage employees to keep doing great work.

We Are Family

Why does creating a culture where everyone feels like they’re part of a family encourage people to work better and harder than ever?

Acknowledge a Win Every Day

There is always something to celebrate at work. Learn how Mat makes sure his team members can score a win every day.

Say Yes to Opportunity

Without being open to new opportunities, you’ll never know which doors could open to you. Here’s why we need to start saying yes more and embrace the journey.



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