Training Camp Victories

  1. July 31st, 2012  | 

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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 advises some of the world’s most admired companies and leaders, and he’s dedicated a career to working with CEOs and the leadership teams of hundreds of companies in a range of industries. He’s facilitated more than 250 strategic planning sessions, he’s delivered more than 600 keynotes and workshops on every continent except Antarctica, and he coaches leaders who are inspired to take their career to the next level. His fourth leadership book— Accountability: The Key to Driving a High-Performance Culture (McGraw-Hill) —is a Soundview Executive Best Business Book.

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