Intelligence, Immediacy, Intensity

I had to share this…

It’s from Nick Saban.  The more I dig into his philosophy, the more I like it.

Process.  Character.  Work Ethic and Team.  Good stuff.

Nick Saban

Here it is…

The “3 I’s” as I like to say. Intelligence: the ability to make sound decisions on your feet and play smart.  Immediacy: the sense of urgency in accomplishing a task; the belief that now is the time to act.  Intensity: the emotion and passion that an individual brings to his or her task.  Do you have the burning desire to be the best that you can be at all times?  Not every player (coach) or employee has all three to the maximum, but those wo do stand out from the pack.  The teams that have individuals with the 3 I’s are more likely to see success.

What follows are principals for teamwork that I stand behind, based on my own experiences as a player and coach.

Lesson 1:  There is no I in team, but there is an I in WIN.

I get some shaking heads when I throw this line out, but my decades in football have given me the confidence to support it.  That i stands for “individual responsibility.” Of course, a team works best when everyone puts the group ahead of the individual and does what is best for the team.  Winning, however, requires an outstanding performance by every individual.  If every player on a team plays his best and takes individual responsibility for his own actions, then the team will, more likely than not, be successful.

JH:  Couldn’t we all apply that to our coaching staff’s as well?  Individual responsibility and accountability.  Looking in the mirror and being able to say, I did what was the very best for our team (staff) today.  Sounds simple.

When I first arrived at Kent State, I was amazed at how some of my teammates didn’t seem committed.  I was brought up to push myself every minute I was on the field, and I was struck by the fact that not everyone had that kind of determination.  That doesn’t mean I was right and they were wrong; it’s just that I didn’t understand.  I do now.  Individuals must be responsible for their own performances for a team to be successful.  They must feel a responsibility to work hard to contribute to their full potential, whatever their role.  Some people believe in skills – size, speed, strength.  But in the end, the individual who has the attributes but not the work ethic will lose out.  The management or coach of an organization simply cannot accept anything less than 100 percent effort from anybody.  If he (she) sets the standard high, those who cannot, or will not, follow cannot be depended on.

JH:  WHOA!  That is powerful.  Apply that to your staff… nothing less than 100% effort (loyalty or commitment) from anybody.  The follow up, consistency and communication are the key.

I will continue to add more as I come across it.  These lessons are good ones.


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