While on vacation earlier this month, a good friend of ours got us field passes to watch the Green Bay Packers practice. It was a fun few hours walking up and down the sideline about 10 yards from the practice field.
One thing I noticed, or should I say something on which I had my memory refreshed, was that the head coach doesn’t coach the players during practice. He watches, talks to assistant coaches and supervises.
The assistant coaches do all the hands-on coaching. They run the drills, give the instruction, provide encouragement and set the stage (full-field special teams drills, 9-on-9s, etc.). They are in charge of the tactics.
Football, and other sports, is a business. But what most people don’t realize is that it’s not only the front office that’s a business, the playing part is also.
Like in a well-run business the coach is the CEO. He (or she) sets the strategy, assigns duties, monitors results and communicates the vision.
All business owners need to emulate football coaches and stay out of the day-to-day fray as much as possible. Delegate and get to the point made in the video below by not doing anything below your pay grade.
“Leadership is the art of accomplishing more than the science of management says is possible.” Colin Powell