Win Now or Else

Patience has all but disappeared.  From sports to business there is no tolerance for lack of performance NOW.

Tis the season for speculation around coaching changes in both college and pro football to reach the normal fever pitch.  Colorado, Kansas, Notre Dame, Cleveland Browns, Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys and the list goes on.

It makes you wonder whether the instant gratification demanded by our nationwide obsession with sports has spilled over into other areas of the business world.

The tenures of CEOs have dramatically fallen and the investing horizon of venture capital has been cut in half.  Nobody has the patience to build anymore whether it be a college program or a company.  Even in government our legislators think they can fix endemic long-term economic programs by cranking up the printing presses and flooding the market with stimulus packages.  Fix it NOW – we need to be re-elected.

What happened?  Or more importantly, how do we fix it?  Perhaps the answer is too be found with our athletic directors and owners of sports franchises.  Perhaps they hold the real key to the public consciousness.

 

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About Mike

Mike has been an executive in the biotechnology industry for the past 20 years. Mike is a graduate of University of California, Santa Barbara, earning Bachelors degrees in Business Economics and Geography. Mike also earned his MBA in Finance from California State University, Fresno. Mike is married to the mother of his 3 children and currently lives outside of Boulder, CO. In his spare time Mike enjoys hiking, fishing, skiing, reading and coaching basketball.
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4 Responses to Win Now or Else

  1. bobbygee says:

    No not really. It goes deeper than anyone wants to admit. The downfall began about seventy years ago. Our country has abandoned its roots. It is a spiritual problem. God of the Bible was taken out of our society. We are reaping what we have sown.

  2. The shortened time horizon is cultural AND technological.

    The same drive to 24 X 7 has produced an expectation of instant results (Beaujolais nouveau rather than Pinot Noir). These pendulums do swing back, and perhaps we can start witnessing the return of something that is more balanced than what we’ve got at present.

    Credit/blame it on global warming: the same drive to restore the planet will enforce a longer term mentality that will be healthier for all of us.

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