It’s the day after the victory against Virginia Tech and all across Boise I’ve seen many a sluggish face. These folks were undoubtedly rooting and cheering all night long as BSU defeated VT. Granted, it was only the first game of a long season, but for the BSU Football fan it was another great win for the program; another step to a potential BCS Championship Game. As an admirer of the program for some time you have to hand it to those folks at BSU who seem to have a “game plan” in place that has led to continued success.
From an outsider looking in, what are some things they’ve done and continue to do that make them a football power to contend with? They have a “game plan”! Let’s look at some of the components of that “game plan” and how you might use it to your advantage when it comes to business success.
1. Dont Believe The Hype – There are a lot of great football coaches across college football, but what has made Boise State coaches stand out? A consistent message. You’ll hear Coach Petersen say it over and over again, he’s looking for kids who are going to “buy in”. He wants “team players“, and it doesn’t matter what kind of star you were in high school, if you don’t fit with what they are trying to accomplish they don’t want you. For the majority of college football programs they’ll take you if you can run faster, jump higher, and lift more lbs. than the rest of your peers.
We all like the eye candy, but when it comes to your employees or key members of your team (outside vendors and professionals) are you looking beyond the veneer? Are you looking for people who will buy into the concept you’ve put in place to win? Or are you mesmerized by the bling? Bigger doesn’t mean better, better is better. Make sure your surrounding yourself with better people.
2. Coach Them Up – Now that you’ve found people who are true team players are you doing your part to make your employees better? Are you focusing on key fundamentals for your team’s success. Boise State is known for their innovating style of play, but if they didn’t have the fundamentals down there would be no innovation.
The buzz word in business for the past couple of years has been “innovation”. But, any successful company will tell you that innovation doesn’t work if you don’t have key processes and structure in place. You can innovative all you want, but if there is no way to implement it then what good does it serve. Do you coach your team on the fundamentals? Don’t assume they know, make sure they know what the key fundamentals for your business are.
3. R-E-S-P-E-C-T – The one thing you’ll never see Coach Petersen do is berate a player on his team. You’ll never see him grab a face mask and rip into a player. The kids that play for Coach Petersen love and respect him because he loves and respects the kids that play for him. Believe me, mistakes will happen, issues will arise, and disappointments will occur. But how you handle them will either breed loyalty or disdain.
When issues arise in your business are you looking for the lamb to slaughter, or are you looking for ways to learn and get better? Do you want the respect and admiration of your team? Look for things to praise them on, even if its little things. When the inevitable errors do happen, dig in with them to find the solutions and work together to fix problems. Find way to make sure that the same mistakes are not repeated. Set up checklists, processes, and other strategies that will ensure a win the next time.
4. Moving On Up – The last point I’d like to make is the new proposed stadium expansion at Bronco Stadium. The program continues to take steps to better themselves. Can you take your team to the next level? Or are you satisfied with the status quo? What steps are you taking?
Now whether Boise State makes in to Glendale, AZ for the National Championship game or not. This can be said, that they’re even being mentioned shows that they are doing a lot of the right things. Can you implement a winning “Game Plan” for your business?