Business Adaptation


There are many similar traits and characteristics when comparing sports and business. I’m not a fan of Coach Belichick’s team, but I am a huge hoodie fan and follower. This is one of the best and longest interviews he has ever given and when you sit back, listen, and absorb, it just makes sense. His approach to the sport is business-like, and his strategies and tactics can be transferred into any business practice, especially around leadership; Getting the most out of your team and the ability to constantly employ situational awareness involves adapting and overcoming.

Many of us know the quote “Every battle is won or lost before it’s ever fought.”  This continues to rings true, but most plans don’t play out to form. Dwight Eisenhower said it best when he stated, “In preparing for battle, I have always found that plans are useless but planning is indispensable. Being able to adjust to situations is the key to being consistently successful, whether you’re looking for success in your business, in working with your staff, or working with clients (Remember: every client is unique.)

You have to have a solid approach, an overall concept on how you want to operate.  Some call it a Mission Statement, others their Value Proposition. These are the core tenants you need to set in place in your business. Of course, they’ll need to be flexible, as we all know that each situation and customer interaction is different from the last. What makes Bill Belichik a  great leader is he prepares his teams, drills them to understand their jobs, keeps things consistent, and is able to adapt based on experience.  Whether you’re on the gridiron or in the boardroom, you can employ many of the same ideas.