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

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Know what the penalties are.

 

Penalties are part of the game of football, and they’re certainly part of the world of business. Sometimes a team can overcome these penalties and go on to victory. Other times, penalties imposed upon a team can make the difference between success or failure, winning or losing. Penalties in football can cost the offense valuable yards, wipe out any opportunity for firstdown, or even cancel out touchdowns, extra points, or field goals. Defensive penalties give away hard-fought yards to the other team. One player’s mistake can cancel out another player’s great achievements. As every team playing a crucial game knows, a penalty can turn a great play into a fruitless effort, a sure victory into an easy defeat.

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