crisp autumn day, the roar of the crowd, the smell of tailgate grilling in the parking lot. If you can not tell already, I'm a football fanatic. I love the game, in my playing days in high school to watch their favorite team, the coaching and watching his two sons, I love everything about football.
So & # 39; s no surprise to see that there are many similarities between the way a good running football team and a great deal. Football is the biggest team game, and successful businesses do not succeed the great teamwork. Let & # 39; s look at five ways you can get your business working, as the most successful football team.
football team not to take college or pro, to get around the track without first assembly about the outstanding talents. Isaac Cheifetz, the "Hiring Secrets of the NFL", points out that every NFL team, leadership, what is the "real musts" are in every situation. They usually have a variety of skills and behaviors. For example, a quarterback to be great composure, awareness, and during the peaceful pressure. Similarly, in the business world, an all-star sales person must be of high tenacity, communication skills and professionalism.
Let & # 39; and to compare the way the top university and professional football teams select the best talent on the roster, how to choose the business talent. The professional football team, in particular, put prospective employees of exhaustive analysis and measurement in every way. Not only is the measure of the physical characteristics or experience, but I spent hours interviewing candidates, former coaches, teammates and other people to the correct input on past behavior and performance.
How much time do you put into selecting new employees for your business? I & # 39; Are you sure you & # 39; interviews, and verification of qualifications. But do you really go deep into what makes them any better or worse than the other candidates. How extensive is your interview? What assessment tools do you use to confirm the findings of the interview? How do you measure fits into the culture and the environment?
A few years ago, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) study of the habits of the majority of hiring managers. They found that the vast majority, over 65%, hiring decisions made in the first 4.3 minutes of an interview. It also found that only 11% of these hires more and lasted more than six months for the company. Not a great track record.
Football is the biggest game of teamwork. There is no other game that you & # 39; ve already played so dependent on each player on the pitch. Each has a role to play exceptional success. Even the most physically talented quarterback or a running back can do well in an offensive line that is playing too much or just do not feel like working today.
I & # 39; I ve had the good fortune of being able to coach youth football for many years, starting with children as young as eight years old. It's never that after the first game of the two or three players to really pass the ball into the end zone for a touchdown immediately feel that they do not suddenly it all themselves. That does not fly well with my troops and soon discover that they are not there alone. Touchdown happen because all eleven men on the field (twelve if you play Canadian football).
How similar is our business? Put salespeople who close the really big sales there themselves? What about the great work that the marketing and outstanding customer service representatives. And do not forget the production units or engineers create and produce high-quality materials that generate word of mouth sales team.
The best football team they are having a lot of depth in key positions. When a star player is compromised or traded them for high-quality talent are ready to step-up and take the translations of the hero.
A good example of this is the NFL & # 39; s Houston Texans. In the 2011 season, it had to cope with a season ending injury suffered by the All-Pro quarterback. That was bad, but they were lucky to have a very capable second fiddle back a lot of great talent and managing their offense. Three-quarters of the way into the next game, the second string quarterback also lost a season ending injury. However, due to huge for-sight management team, the Texans have drafted a rookie quarterback who is ideal to run the offense and teams were able not only to the playoffs for the first time, but the first franchise to win a playoff game.
The company is also to be seen who will be able to step up and fill a key role in the organization. Hopefully you will not lose anyone to injury, but what about retirement, health issues, traffic and other changes? You can do a better job of determining what talents and skill existing staff and how they are used in the future. Created mentoring programs to transfer the knowledge and experience of the key players, who are the raw material for future success.
Strong leadership is an essential part of any successful football team. All successful teams in several key "field generals" to keep the team moving in the right direction. In fact, the football team still have a half dozen or more captains to operate the leaders of both offensive and defensive side of the ball. When I think of the leaders on the football field, I think Peyton Manning, Ray Lewis, Dan Marino, Mike Singletary and Warren Moon. Each player has led not only during the game, but he was notorious for inspiring their teammates to practice harder, study more and that everything in every situation. But never, not someone pay them to work. Always led by example.
The managers and supervisors captains of your business. How active are successful and long-term future of the business? In fact, there are no other places of business, which more greatly affects the retention and performance of employees, such as managers and supervisors. People leave people, not companies, and key internal managers need to attract and retain employees. As we talked about earlier recruitment, even the best efforts will be destroyed admission of bad driving.
Which brings us to the last point. Excellent football team coaches robust, and constantly teaching and learning. The unexpected success of this year's Super Bowl champion New York Giants should not come as a surprise as it seems. Giants coach Tom Coughlin leader of one of the game & # 39; s perfect for teachers. He is known as someone who is totally dedicated to the players, helping them learn and develop your skills to the best of their ability.
How do we care about our employees, as a business owner or executive? It is consumed trying to help them improve their skills and abilities, or just going through the motions? The key players will know. They & # 39; ll know if you are truly committed to helping them learn and develop their talents for their good and the good deal. Great coaches understand that you must include both elements. Great leaders and managers are looking for a win / win approach to learning and development.
Like football, team sports business. The goal is to do more together than we ever have and make use of their own talents for the benefit of employees of customers, owners and shareholders alike. And like football when a team comes together in the boardroom everything becomes more fun. Hard work, long hours of pain and suffering will be all the fun out of the path of a group that has been adhered to, and enjoy being together. Would not it be great if every day were to work like that too?