Chuck Noll passed away yesterday and we'd like to extend our condolences to his family, friends, and fans. Football fans know the quality of Noll's football teams in Pittsburgh, the championships that he won, and the legacy he left behind in influencing hundreds of young athletes to become good men. Noll was also a good family man and a man of faith. Perhaps millions of fans will read about Chuck Noll today.
We researched Chuck Noll's life and his work for Pillars of the NFL: Coaches Who Have Won Three or More Championships. Noll's coaching efforts had critical organization components that are useful inside and outside of sports. We reprise his principles here on this Father's Day.
1. Acquire key game-changers who work passionately to influence others.
2. Maintain high expectations--never become complacent about performance.
3. Speak plainly and succinctly so you are understood.
4. Don't motivate with emotion--it won't last long.
5. Win with a "whatever it takes attitude" --nothing immoral, but everyone needs to understand that great sacrifice is required for great success.
6. Encourage employees to maintain their balance, stay on their feet, and take the hard knocks that come with the job.
7. Defend your position first, attack the opposition second.
8. Everyone should have a life outside of work.
9. Private lives should be kept private in the workplace.
10. Teach employees--take time to develop and strengthen winning skills.