Three Elements to a Consistent Winning Formula. Part One
I am a huge sports fan. I love almost anything that has to do with a ball! Recently, I was watching a sporting event and on the bottom of the screen appeared a “breaking news” item. A NFL team fired their coach after just three years with the organization. While I was not expecting it…it was no surprise given the lack of success from the past couple of years.
This announcement got me to thinking how amazing it was that this same man, who was terminated for lack of meeting expectations just four or five years ago, was the most successful coach in major college football winning a national championship. My questions were: Is this not the same person with the same attitude? How could he be so successful in one environment and fail in another? Hang on…
This really got me thinking and I began to research the most successful winning coaches in various sports. One that really caught my attention was a major college basketball coach named John Wooden. Coach Wooden led his UCLA Bruins to 10 national championships. To put that in perspective, there are only two other coaches with four national titles and only one of them is still coaching.
The thing about Coach Wooden that really impressed me was the consecutive manner in which he won. Here are the 10 years he finished on top: 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, and 1975. At the beginning of every season, when Coach Wooden looked at his team, while there may have been some returning players, his team had a completely different dynamic. Other schools in his conference beefed up their talent pool and the competition across the country improved and regardless of all of it…he won! How…Hang on!
The Olympic world was shocked at the 1980 Winter Games when a group of college hockey players defeated a Soviet Union team that on paper looked impossible to defeat. I will never forget those famous words Al Michaels spoke on that February night “Do you believe in miracles!” On that given night a bunch of determined no-name young men defeated a team that most would have said you have no business even being on the ice with…yet they made history. How did they do that? Hang on!
Finally, this last analogy does not apply in all cases, but I have seen it happen more so than not, ready? Why do all-star teams made up of the best team money can buy players not always win?
In 2015 the Kansas City Royals won the World Series with a payroll of about $113,000,000.00. This compared to the 272,000,000.00 of the New York Yankees. Wouldn’t it make sense that if you put together the best team that money can buy, that they should always win…yet they don’t. Why?
So let’s summarize: Why do some winning styles work great in one environment and fail in others? How do some individuals and organizations consistently win regardless of team mates, circumstances and competition? How is it that an organization or a team with a lack of experience or great talent comes out on top? Finally, why is it not a given that the best team money can buy is a guaranteed win?
There are three parts to a formula that when combined in the right way and committed to, create a winning outcome time and time again. The answer to the questions raised above and the three parts to the formula will be presented in my next post. So one more time…hang on!
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