Re: Super Bowl CIOs: 7 Lessons From Winning NFL Coaches
Maybe some of these are lessons that we've heard before, but having such a high-profile example of them, from people who are so succesful with them in a multibillion dollar industry, goes a long way towards really driving them home. Identifying important factors for success as in slide 6, for example, is certainly a universal concept - but combining it with the context and the other lessons, we can glean a little bit more. Carroll went outside the box to come up with his core competency, trusted his own judgement (after all, it had taken him all the way to the NFL already), and saw it through to it's conclusion (which turned out to be wild success). You can see this again in his 'deputy' selection. Whether you're at an NFL-sized business or a tiny one, you can let this way of thinking inform decisions big and small throughout your day to reap the benefits.
I suppose I've spoiled this a bit by reading it the morning after the game, but we all know by now that Belichick came out on top. Yet he did so by such a small margin and there are so many outside factors in a game of football, one wonders how much we can attribute that to his coaching style - or if there's a different kind of lesson there altogether. Most of the media will no doubt dub the Seahawks the 'losers' from last night's game, even though they're second in the best league in the world by a tiny amount. In business terms, being second in your industry can be great or not-so-great, depending on the context. The important thing is to bear in mind the long-term health of your organization. Considering both these coaches came from humble beginnings and are renowned for building up their organizations into powerhouses over the long term gives insight into focusing on the big picture.