Training Camp Victories

July 31st, 2012  | 

Published in Leadership

Training Camps: Comparing Football to Business

Amid the splash of the Olympic Summer Games, football training camps have opened quietly across America.

Whether the training camps are held at high schools, on college campuses or at NFL practice fields, each team is searching for a key piece vital to a championship run.


Leaders – in the workplace and on the football field – determine smarter ways to solve problems, call out under-performers, overcome adversity and help their team finish strong in the fourth quarter. The outcomes that will be decided in December are being shaped right now.

So as you observe your team’s performance during these hot summer days, do so with an eye toward who is holding you back and who can help you win.

Consider this perspective from Lou Holtz, the only college football coach to lead six different programs to bowl games and the only coach to guide four different programs to the final top 20 rankings:

“Motivation is simple,” says Holtz. “You eliminate those who are not motivated.”

About the Author: Greg Bustin is an executive coach, consultant and speaker who has delivered more than 500 keynotes and workshops on five continents. Greg advises leaders at some of the world’s most admired companies, and his views about leadership have been published in The Wall Street Journal, Chief Executive, Fast Company, Forbes, Inc., Investor’s Business Daily, Leader to Leader, and other major publications. He’s written five leadership books. His newest book, How Leaders Decide: A Timeless Guide to Making Tough Choices (Sourcebooks), examines decision-making in history’s greatest triumphs and tragedies. How Leaders Decide

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