Superbowl Sunday, the culmination of a brutal but exciting season, is quickly approaching and parties around the world are being planned. Many who watch have no idea what it really takes to become one of the teams to play in the championship game. Likewise, the public often sees only the results of the accomplishments for vital businesses. Thirty-two teams start each season hoping they will be part of the glory that stops the nation in its tracks for an evening. In reality, the process starts long before the big game in the strategy rooms of team owners, managers, and coaches.
It all starts with the draft
Every year a group of elite players are available for the NFL draft. Owners and managers come prepared with detailed research on every player that can contribute to their organization. Teams choose new players from the draft or make strategic deals with other teams for trades – all vying for the right piece of the puzzle. The draft is the first of many steps toward a championship team. Corporate leaders that build winning business teams cannot skip this step either. Those executives that do their homework and are diligent in the interview process usually have more success adding qualified candidates to their respective team.
What does it take to go to the draft with confidence? It is important to take time to research those candidates seeking to join your team, as well as understanding the role they can play. Not everyone is the quarterback, so a manager has to look at each position and see how the player works to benefit the team. Teams should have fresh eyes examine their team to see if there are individual members with overlooked talent – many times outside consultants can be used as well as 360 evaluations. Sometimes an employee who has been on the bench has matured and can become a player who can contribute in a new way.
Keep the goal in the minds of the players
Team members must have the goal in front of them at all times in order to succeed. Talent that does not have the organization’s vision in mind usually won’t grow and meet certain challenges. What happens to a talented player when he joins the team – how is he/she on-boarded? How is he inspired and made to feel part of plan and purpose of the team? A business must impart purpose to keep their talented team progressing towards the goals of the company.
Continued practice and mentoring
A team continues to prepare for the ultimate results. The tactics of opposing teams are studied in order to expose strengths and weaknesses of their competitor. Individual players should be encouraged to evaluate their performance with honesty and willingness to improve their skills. Coaches keep practice and research on the forefront even when the temptation is to let up and relax. They also evaluate their player’s entire well being to make sure they can play up to their role.
Superbowl teams have the glory of playing in front of the nation, huge financial incentives, and the coveted ring. No team can excel without appreciation and reward – they must be willing to do everything possible to obtain this goal and opportunity. The prospect of winning a world championship inspires individuals to excel to greater heights. What goals have you set for your team?
Best of luck getting the right team in place, fitting the pieces, setting the goals, and bringing it all home….