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

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Keep one eye on the goal.

 

Professional football teams must be able to focus on one game at a time, but they can’t lose track of the big picture for even a second. Every player on every team is always thinking about winning a Super Bowl. They do what they have to do each week, using the bigger goal of making it to the Super Bowl as a powerful incentive.

An organization must be able to manage two sets of strategies at the same time: short-term strategies and long-term strategies. A delicate balance exists between these two sometimes-contradictory objectives and goals. Focusing too much on one can present a problem in achieving the other. Somewhere, at least in the back of your mind, you need to be thinking of your overall objectives. This must ...

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