The cover story in the current (January-February 2019) edition of Entrepreneur Magazine is a profile of Michael Strahan (Link to the article). Not being a daytime TV viewer, or a NY Giants fan, I was not very familiar with him. Until I read the article, I was almost totally unaware of Michael Strahan’s many accomplishments after retiring from the National Football League. There are a few things we can learn from his business career after his playing days were behind him.
It Is What It Is Until It Isn’t – Not unlike many pro athletes, Strahan had no plan what he would do once the game ended for him. Nonetheless, he piled up an impressive playing record; fifteen seasons (the average NFL playing career is only 3 years). That level of longevity speaks to a dedication to be the best defensive end he could be. He gave his all to his football career until it was over. Are you totally engaged in your business?
Deal With Pressure – After the NFL, Strahan went into sportscasting. Leaving football introduced the concern and possibility the he would “suck” (his word) at something. “You don’t want to be the weak link.” He said. He realized that facing a 350-pound opponent who was trying to smash his head in was more pressure than “shaking a dude’s hand and asking him a few questions.” He put the pressure of a new role into perspective. Are you putting the day-to-day pressure you face in your business into perspective?
Build Your Team – Along the way, Strahan, influenced by his career in professional football, a team sport, assembled a very effective team. As he said in the article:
“I understand that it’s a bigger team than just you on the camera. The most important people are the ones behind the camera.” He went on to say, “You understand how important the support system is in sports, and that has carried over to me in business. Because there’s nothing worse than feeling that you do a job no one values. Each job is important – I don’t care if you’re cleaning out the garbage cans or working the phones or running the company. Everybody has value, and football taught me to make people feel that value to get the best out of them.” (emphasis added)
Great insight toward building an effective TEAM.
If you want to build a highly effective team for your business, a team that will enable you, your business and the team itself to bring amazing value to your customers and community, my ActionCOACH colleagues and I are ready to help. All you must do is pick up the phone, tablet or keyboard and contact an ActionCOACH business coach.