Monday, February 6, 2012

Belichick's Principles for Business Success

If you want to learn from the top NFL coach on how to build and maintain a winning tradition, here are principles that I have garnered from my study of Bill Belichick. These are as tough as the coach. They are based on my personal take on Belichick's views that might be applied to business. These are not necessarily things that I subscribe to, but I do agree with most of them.

Bill's Business Principles:

1. Focus on your job - what you do and do it right.
2. Everyone is accountable all the time. No one is irreplaceable. Expect to be criticized and take it.
3. Team is everything. If someone does not fit into the team, they don't work in the organization.
4. Work toward perfection. Everything short of perfection is not worth working towards.
5. Keep your mouth shut outside the team. Don't criticize anyone outside the team and don't give away any information to anyone. Let the people assigned to do the PR, do it.
6. When you hire someone, hire someone who can help the team. Don't get starry eyed over the credentials or talent. Each hire should fill a need.
7. Respect your boss and your boss should respect you. If your boss will not let your do your job, move on.
8. Know your team's weaknesses and keep your eyes open at all times for ways to improve the team.
9. Know your competition's weaknesses and plan to take advantage of them.
10. Never let your competition know what you are going to do next.

Copyright 2012 Sporting Chance Press

Image Attribution: By Keith Allison from Baltimore, USA (Bill Belichick) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
Sporting Chance Press is the publisher of The 10 Commandments of Baseball: An Affectionate Look at Joe McCarthy's Principles for Baseball (and Life), Public Bonehead, Private Hero: The Real Legacy of Baseball's Fred Merkle, Sports and Faith: Stories of the Devoted and the Devout, and Maddie Takes the Ice.

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