“We will attack this day with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind!”, Jack Harbaugh.
Jack Harbaugh, the father of the two Super Bowl Coaches, lived by that statement. To me it’s about getting it done day after day. It takes a lot of self-motivation to generate the necessary enthusiasm.
Getting it done is the most important aspect of effective leadership. Planning is very important but execution is critical. Jim Collins, author of Good to Great and Built to Last, put it this way, “Executives spend too much time drafting, wordsmithing, and redrafting vision statements, mission statements, values statements, purpose statements, aspiration statements, and so on. They spend nowhere near enough time trying to align their organizations with the values and visions already in place. . . . there is a big difference between being an organization with a vision statement and becoming a truly visionary organization. The difference lies in creating alignment-alignment to preserve an organization’s core values, to reinforce its purpose, and to stimulate continued progress towards its aspirations.”
Attacking every day with enthusiasm can overcome a lot of planning errors and miscalculations. Many of us do attack with enthusiasm. It’s tiring but rewarding. Think of how much more effective you would be if you had a really well prepared plan and then you aligned your resources and executed every day with that same enthusiasm.
Both Super Bowl teams had great coaching. Both had great game plans. The game showed us which team was best at aligning and executing. The differences seemed great early in the game. Baltimore appeared to have the best alignment of resources to execute planned plays and also to meet the unexpected. But the Forty Niners’ coaching staff realigned their strategies and came back. As expected, the game was close. Both coaches were excellent planners. Both teams were aligned very well. Execution was excellent. Both teams attacked with enthusiam. Each team caused the other to make mistakes. Either team could have won.
How about your business? How about your association? How is your plan? Are you aligned to execute? Do you attack each day with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind?
It can be done! I have done it. Let’s hear from you.