Big Game 50

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Super Bowl 50 Panthers vs. Denver Broncos hosted in San Frisco Bay Area on 2/7/2016 3: 25 p.m. in the City of Santa Clara at the State of the Art Levi’s Stadium.

According to  Wikipedia.org the “Super Bowl” is the Annual Championship game of the National Football League (NFL). The first games was played on January 15,1967. Normally roman numerals are used to identify each game but the single exception this year is Super Bowl 50. The Game is the most watched with an average audience of 114.4 million viewers. We view it as a day of fun and entertainment. Our favorite party foods and beverages become spectacular and the most celebrated for that day:  Chicken wings, pizza, fries, hamburgers, hotdogs and beer.

While most of us look at this sport as entertainment, there is a lot that can be learned about business from the American expert on business leadership legendary coach Bill Walsh. Who was Bill Walsh? William Ernest Walsh “Bill” was the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers and led them to three Super Bowl Championships. Bill Walsh was also known for his outstanding work leading the Standford Cardinal football team. He was also known for his leadership.  His legendary leadership philosophy has been shared in the book titled, “The Score Takes Care of Itself:  My Philosophy of Leadership. I have shared 5 of his lessons below, but you can purchase this book from http://www.Amazon.com

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1)Developing a successful team starts with developing a successful culture.

 How do you develop a successful culture? Your employees must  believe in the company’s vision and its brand. When you have employee buy-in that is half the battle.

2) The leader sets the tone.

Leaders must lead by example. There are several leadership styles:  Autocratic,         Democratic, Laissez Faire, Path-Goal Theory, Charismatic Leadership, Servant Leadership, Transformational and Transactional Leadership just to name a few. Whichever leadership style you choose. Perfect it and make the team respect it!

3) Develop and empower effective locker room leaders.

Your leaders will do as you do. Good leaders develop and train other leaders. You really must spend a lot of quality time and education training your leaders.  You’ve entrusted them with leadership and they are often the first line with scouting and developing new talent.  

4) Competitors find a way to win. 

Harvard professor Francis Aguilar is thought to be the creator of PEST Analysis: PEST analysis is often linked to SWOT Analysis. PEST stands for: 

P = Political Factors to Consider

E = Economic Factors to Consider

S = Socio – cultural Factors to Consider

T = Technological Factors to Consider

Everything in life equates to a level of competition. You must be continually scanning your Business Environment. 

5) Everyone is accountable for both victory and defeat.

As a team we workout together, we practice together, we pray together, we lose together and we win together. In spite of everyone playing their respective parts, we still ultimately occasionally miss the mark. Winnings are great for the ego and losses are great for the soul. Losses help you realize: “I’m only human.”

We have to remember the NFL has business executives making business decisions about every intricate detail of the game. Social media and the internet has made it more common for the fans to be a part in conversations regarding their favorite teams. This changes the management style and philosophy around considering the needs of the individual contributors and the contribution to each team. The barriers and the walls to communication are pretty much without bounds. Bill Walsh won 3 championships. The first one we can say,  “maybe it was an anomaly” The second time we can say, “he looks like he knows what he is doing.” The third time one can say, “this man knows what he is doing and maybe he needs to spread his business wisdom on leadership to other business industries.

This weekend we salute the Business Executives in the NFL. May the best team win!!!