They Still Suit Up On Sunday
Feb 02, 2010
As you read this, America is gearing up for the Super Bowl. As the season came to a close, the playoff teams faced-off and ad agencies were hard at work creating the next Super-blockbuster… and we all love those commercials, right?
In the waning days of the regular season and throughout the playoffs it became increasingly clear that no team could beat the Colts or the Saints. Both teams had spectacular seasons that culminated in an invite to the big show. The prognosticators can’t be blamed if they pick either one of these ‘sure bets.’ (Wondering where I stand? I’m a Packers fan through and through. Always have been, always will be.)
No matter who’s favored, and in spite of current standings, star players, injuries and Vegas odds, the National Football League still requires them to suit-up and play sixty minutes of football before they declare a winner.
So, when does a winning season start? Is it draft day, the first day of training camp, Tuesday morning practice – or was it many years prior when Peyton was drafted out of college or Drew ended up injured in San Diego?
What goes into a winning team, and who affects the outcome of the game? Is it based on strategy, the front office, the coaching staff, a bit of pride or is it the environment created by the personnel mix? We know why they suit up, but how do they execute a winning season?
The parallels may not be immediately obvious, but some operations find themselves in a constant struggle for survival while others look like perennial winners. What goes into a winning business strategy, and who influences the results? I contend it’s everyone and everything. Vince Lombardi said, "Winning is not a sometime thing; it's an all the time thing. You don't win once in a while; you don't do things right once in a while; you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.”
And, for my fellow Green Bay fans: there’s always next year.
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