I spent the day watching the NFL wildcard playoffs which was full of unexpected wins. I watched as a team who made it to the playoffs with a losing record beat the reigning Superbowl champions. As the Seahawks quarterback, Matt Hasselbeck, said in an interview, it’s not how you get to the playoffs it’s what you do once you’re there. We may have had a losing record going into the playoffs but today was a new day, we started over and now we end the day 1-0.
It got me thinking the same philosophy can work in the business world as well, tomorrow will always be a new day. I think as a manger you need to set a clear goal, such as making the playoffs. And from there you do whatever it takes to do get to that, no matter how many people are against you or how hard it may seem.
Once you reach the goal you wipe the slate clean, it does not matter how you got to your goal. You got there, it may have been a struggle but you took the struggles along the way and made them something positive. As a manager you are the coach of your team, you need to provide the motivation in order for your “players” to keep the energy going and produce results.
There are going to projects as a manager that you attempt and you fail, there may be a quarter that is a “losing” quarter but it’s what you do next that matters. You need to be able to look into the future and see the big picture…the year end goal.
I think the Seahawks showed with the right manager and leader that you can turn a losing team into a winning team. Meaning if you are a strong, motivated, looking to the future manager you can take a unsuccessful company and turn them around, you just have to remember tomorrow is a new day and the outcome doesn’t have to be the same as today’s.
Let me know your thoughts!