Category: Optimizing Team Dynamics
One thing that I experienced on every team that I played for in the NFL, was engagement. And one of the things I see lacking in many of the companies that I speak to, or broadcast with, is engagement.
On the surface, the NFL is a serious league. The intensity is obvious. The competition, fierce. Yet, behind the scenes exists a culture that most people never see. Peek behind the curtain and you will find a world of levity, of jokes, of pranks, of harmless humor.
In recent years, no event on the NFL calendar has exploded like the Combine. The whole thing is on TV. Every front office face is there. People agonize over the tests and analyze the numbers until they can’t see straight.
Here are five ways I’ve seen winning teams improve employee engagement. Use these ideas at your company to boost your team’s productivity.
The coach made one poor decision and we lost the game. Then we lost 13 more. That “one poor decision” the coach made is what we call nut-cutting time. In three specific plays our coach tried to do too much. As a team we knew we couldn’t make it happen — not because we didn’t…
He put both fists on my chest and drove me back towards the quarterback. F*ck. I messed up and it was my fault. A player from the other team had given me a bull rush in the last preseason game of the year. All of a sudden — WHAM! — my guard comes and knocks…
What’s the character of your team? Five and a half weeks into our Super Bowl season we had a guy “join up” to replace a player who we all really liked. Do we treat the new player with disdain because he came in and disrupted our team? Who’s going to sit next to him at…
22 years old. I was practically still a kid. I was spending my first Thanksgiving alone. There’s no going home for the holidays when it’s the middle of the season and you’ve got practice.
“You’re here for one reason, and that’s to win a championship. If you’re not here for that reason, get out.” – Shannon Sharpe