Timothy’s Thought for Thursday:
It’s 28-24 to the Patriots, 30 seconds left in the Super Bowl, the Seahawks have the ball at the 1 yard line, and a touchdown wins them the game. They have the best running back in the League who has run 101 yards that evening. The offensive coordinator, Darrell Bevell, calls the play, the ball is snapped, and the quarterback passes it low and hard into the in-zone … BOOM! Malcom Butler, from the Patriots, makes a spectacular interception winning them the Super Bowl.
What happened!? Why did the Seahawks choose to pass instead of running it in for a certain touchdown? The head coach decided the final play instead of Bevell. A fatal error under pressure, at a crunch moment, undermining Bevells’ position and judgement.
Don’t change what isn’t broken when it matters most.
The Seahawks, defending Super Bowl Champions, had a winning formula which they changed at the last second. As Leaders, we need to trust the people we have, in the roles they are given, to make the right call at the right time. Undermining the staff by deciding for them is risky business, erodes their confidence and belief, and breaks the trust. The tendency is to want to control the outcome, but just like a 100 meter sprinter, you need to relax and let go to finish strong.
“As a leader your job is to do everything in your power to create the perfect conditions for success by benching your ego and inspiring your team to play the game the right way.” ~ Phil Jackson
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