A Business Lesson from The Seattle Seahawks

Seattle Seahawks victory paradeThere are some life changing lessons that managers and business leaders can learn from one of the most dramatic and intense sports comebacks in history. January 18, 2015. The NFL Seattle Seahawks won the NFC Championship in overtime by a score 28-22 over the Green Bay Packers.

The Green Bay Packers did a masterful job of neutralizing Seattle’s offense for most of the game. Yet, in the end, they saw their lead evaporate. Here are three lessons from this win that every manager and leader should incorporate into their organization.

Have a Vision

By fully understanding and visualizing our destination we create an unbeatable sense of purpose. That sense of purpose will provide the motivation and focus to persevere through the impossible situations. The vision must be clear, articulate and effectively communicated to the team. The Vision of playing in the Super Bowl was very prevalent as we witnessed the Seahawks mount their comeback.

Create a Culture of Trust & Respect

It is not only crucial that the team knows their leader believes in them and has their back. A culture of trust and support between team members is equally important. This has been well documented in the press – the team had a very ordinary record of 3 wins and 3 losses early in the season. A star player for Seattle was causing dissension in the locker room. He was questioning the integrity of some of his teammates. The Seahawks season began to turn around as the dissension disappeared. Trust amongst players returned as the player in question was quickly dispatched to another team.

Never Give Up

If there is one lesson that any of us should take away from the Seahawk victory it is to NEVER give up. There seemed to be little to no hope for Seahawk fans as time ticked away during the 4th Quarter. Despite these insurmountable odds the quarterback kept passing, the linemen kept blocking and rushing and the receivers caught balls they had no business catching.

How often has your team given up on trying to make its’ sales quota on the last week of a month, trying to complete an order as a deadline approached or started pointing fingers at each other during times of adversity? Instill the three lessons learned from the Seattle Seahawks into your organization and watch your team overcome any obstacle as it takes your organization to new heights.

Tony Malyk

Tony Malyk is a Certified Professional Business Coach and Business Value Accelerator specializing in improving profitability and increasing business value in the manufacturing, distribution, trades and technology sectors.