Last week, our resident Green Bay Packer (even though he is an Arizona native!) fan Scott wrote a post on business and life lessons that can be gleaned from legendary Packer coach Vince Lombardi in honor of the impending conclusion to the football season. The post also coincidentally came after the Packers were eliminated from playoff contention (in one of the best football games of all time, no less).
At that time, this Arizona Cardinals’ fan was still hoping our season would last a few more weeks – through the Superbowl, to be exact.
But, now that we’ve been eliminated from the playoffs (don’t talk to me about that game – ever), and in the same vein that Scott shared Lombardi’s insight, I wanted to share some of the lessons I’ve learned about business and life from @AZCards Coach @BruceArians :
No Risk it, No Biscuit
Perhaps Coach Arians’ most oft-repeated quote about taking calculated risks, and being prepared for the result, no matter how the cookie (or biscuit) crumbles.
Age Ain’t Nothin’ but a Number
Though a long-time respected NFL assistant and coordinator, Coach Arians was not given a chance to be a head coach until he was 60 years old – ancient in coach years. How did he respond to comments about his age, and assumptions he might be out of touch?
He put on that now-iconic red Kangol, and let his performance do all the rest of the talking.
You Don’t Know it all – Neither Do I
He said it best when addressing how he could possibly coach veteran quarterback Carson Palmer, given Palmer had been in the league for more than decade and seemingly seen it all (except a playoff win, that is): “There's no such thing as knowing it all, or even thinking you know it all. If you think you know it all, you're really in trouble, because the game’s evolving and changing every day.”
Next Man Up
In his case, Coach Arians meant this quite literally – the only constant in football is injuries. This means every single member of the team has to be prepared to contribute on any given Sunday. The same goes for your team – everyone has a role; everyone must be ready to fill another role; everyone must understand each other’s roles.What did you learn from @BruceArians and the @AZCards this year?