Wednesday, March 31, 2010

What's Your Starting Lineup?

Knute Rockne once said, "The secret is to work less as individuals and more as a team. As a coach, I play not my eleven best, but my best eleven."

How many of your managers can tell you who there best players are? Probably most of them. How many of them can tell you who there starting team is? I'm sure that most of them would pick their 11 best people and tell you that's their team. But, if your managers are coaches, they know which people work best together and can come together and deliver for you.

Coaches are intimately familiar with their players. They know what combinations of skills to use in any situation to reach the desired outcome. They don't gain this knowledge by sitting in an office all day or by having annual performance reviews. They gain this knowledge by watching their players perform everyday. They run them through drills to enforce the basics, different scenarios to build strategies, and the set plays that need to be run on a regular basis. Only by observing their players does the coach learn which players he needs to put together for any situation.

What kind of drills do your managers run their people through? Yeah, I don't see it happening anywhere either. My question is, why not? How else can they really know who their starting lineup should be?

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