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Saturday, January 1, 2011

Lombardi Rules- Part III

"I firmly believe that any man's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is the moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle- victorious."

14- Strike the balance
Leaders must have a balance between being close and caring, and too close.

15- Build confidence
"You defeat defeatism with confidence. The man who is trained to his peak capacity will gain confidence. Confidence is contagious, and so is a lack of confidence."

16- Use your mission
"The man who succeeds above his fellow man is the one who early in life clearly discerns his objective, and towards that objective he directs all of his powers."

17- Know you stuff

18- Demand autonomy

19- Respect legitimate authority
"You've got to remember one thing: If you're going to exercise authority, you've got to respect it."

20- Act, don't react
"While statistics are interesting, they're all in the past."

21- Keep it simple
"Almost always, the plan is too complex. Too much to learn and perfect in too little time."

22- Chase perfection
"If you settle for nothing less than your best, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish in your life."

23- Tailor your motivation
"You can't coach without criticizing, and it's essential to understand how to criticize each man individually. Football is a pressure business, and on my teams I put on most of the pressure. The point is that I've got to learn 40 ways to pressure 40 men."

24- Motivate by degrees
"This is not easy, this effort, day after day, week after week, to keep them up, but it is essential. Each week is a different challenge, but there is also that unavoidable degree of sameness."

25- Focus on fundamentals
"I believe if you block and tackle better than the other team and the breaks are even, you're going to win."

26- Run to win
"The will to excel and the will to win- they endure. They are more important than any events that occasion them."

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