Nick Sirianni was building a winning record with the Eagles. He had results to point at, but haters gonna hate, and one criticism of the results was he was getting a “free ride” due to the talent on the roster from before he arrived. Impostor syndrome sufferers - have you ever had success then felt … Continue reading The Secret To Good Coaching (Via Nick Sirianni)
Legendary Cowboys running back Emitt Smith is a proud Florida Gators alum. When his son EJ decided to go to Stanford to play football, over Florida. He had this to say. It’s a lesson in how to lead from behind, supporting the agency of your people, My son has his own journey, and it is … Continue reading Leading From Behind (Running Back Parent Edition)
In my great tradition of watching things way after seemingly everyone else but me has seen them, I just got into Friday Night Lights. Yes, that means inevitably there will be a “clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose” post in the near future, but as of right now, I’m thinking of it (a lot) in … Continue reading Why Teams Bond (And How They Can Bond Stronger)
It’s not enough to know who we’re competing against, we have to understand how and why too. Flip a few channels past the Super Bowl and you won’t see another football game. You will see a Sex and the City marathon. They’re competing for the same attention at the same time, but not for the … Continue reading Sex And The City Or The Super Bowl?
"I was raised really poor - but creativity is my currency." - Will.iam Whatever you think of Black Eyes Peas music, Will.i.am as an entrepreneur is undeniably inspiring. The story behind the interwoven Super Bowl halftime performance and marketing at the top of this podcast alone is worth a few minutes of your time. He's … Continue reading Podcast of the Week: “Creativity Is My Currency” – Will.i.am on Masters of Scale
Chris Ballard, General Manager of the Indianapolis Colts, wrote a very thoughtful article on the culture of the Colts. There’s plenty of details for football fans, but there are much broader applications anyone can apply in their own organization or processes. Here’s a sample describing their philosophy of selecting players for the team (emphasis added): We … Continue reading Colts GM Chris Ballard On Culture, Teams, And Process
“Stay in the Game” is a true story about a hopelessly lost teenager, salvation through dog ownership, and the kindness of strangers. It will take only take you a few minutes to read. Go ahead and click the link, I’ll wait. Winning is great. No one hates victory, but losing itself doesn't always have to … Continue reading Winning, Losing, and the Importance of Staying in the Game
Keith Rabois explains startup/growth investing in football terms. For any growing business, this is a great metaphor to have in your back pocket to describe 1. What you’re doing, 2. What your strategy is, and 3. How you’ll take on the competition. The optimal “safe” strategy in football is to run the ball. If a team … Continue reading Business Growth Strategy in Football Terms (via Keith Rabois)