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Leadership Lessons from Professional Football: Championship Wisdom from Super Bowl Champions by Peter R. Garber

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Make sure no one is sitting in the stands.

 

We’ve all sat in the stands or stood on the sidelines and watched others play the game. It’s comfortable playing armchair quarterback, criticizing how the game is being played and who’s screwing up. It’s a different story when you’re down on the field facing the competition, however. You have to personally experience what it’s like to have a 300-lb. linebacker charging at you, intent on crushing you to the ground, to fully appreciate how the quarterback feels when a player fails to complete a blocking assignment.

Why are some employees content to sit in the bleachers and complain about how things are being managed by others? Because they don’t feel a sense of team affinity, perhaps. Effective leaders ...

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