It’s Not Only Experience That Counts, But What You Do With It.

Yesterday was a big day for sports in Denver.  CU hired a new coach, John Embree, and the Broncos fired an old coach, Josh McDaniels.  In both cases the new and old coach had no head coaching experience coming into the position.

The case of Josh McDaniels can be a learning experience for anyone in management.   His firing had nothing to do with his knowledge of X and O’s.  He is a good football coach.  It had to do with management, including the hiring of those he chose to surround himself with, and how he represented the Bronco organization.

All of us that have served in an executive position know that a large part of your success is determined by those you choose to surround yourself with.  If your management team lets you down your job is at risk.  Decision making, execution, compliance, personnel decisions – all those elements factor into the equation.

Success also depends on how you the executive represent your organization.  It can be a slippery slope balancing the wants and needs of your customers with the direction you think the organization needs to go.  If you make any bold moves (like trades or draft picks) or any questionable decisions (hiring the source of Spygate II) you’d better be prepared to held accountable.

McDaniels was also a lousy PR guy and was losing his customer base.  When things began to head south he became more arrogant and disconnected thus exacerbating the problem.  That combined with his lousy decisions led to his demise.

Football may be a game we all enjoy watching, but it is a business.  The product is the team and wins and losses measure success.  Success will draw buyers (fans) and failure will drive them away.  Management principles still apply,


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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