Leading a successful company to grow on a national scale for 13 years, I learned a lot about business, best practices, and made a few missteps too. I would like to share some of the top career tips I learned with the recruiting industry.
When I consider any business, I often look for common denominators of success. As a sports fan, one place I am drawn to for inspiration on career tips, leadership, and success principles related to business is the experience of successful coaches.
My team is the University of Tennessee Volunteers. Having lived in the Nashville area since the ’90s. I decided when my first daughter was born to switch my allegiance from Michigan (my birth state) to Tennessee so there would be no doubt which team our family should root for. Go Vols!
As a college football fan, I was so thankful that teams across the nation were found a way to compete despite the global pandemic. Watching them overcome this adversity reaffirmed my belief that there is much we can learn from football coaches. Among these things is their attention to detail, managing of assistants, inspiring players, casting vision, proper preparation, recruiting, etc.
The University of Tennessee Volunteer has had its share of coaching challenges but this decade has given us few bright spots. Considering our recent run of mediocre seasons, I think one would be wise to install the pre-game ritual of reciting “General Neyland’s Maxims”. Neyland is often referred to as one of the best, if not the best, defensive football coaches ever. When someone is considered, “the best” I pay attention to what they believe. Written in the 1930s, these maxims summarized what “The General” felt it took to win a football game.
The 7 Maxims of Football
Now, I know the recruiting business is not a football game. To be completely honest, I’m not sure what an “oskie” is. However, I do know that “The General” was on to something here. He knew that in order to consistently win, his team must know what it took to win a game and they had to be reminded of it daily. In business, it is no different. Whether you call them "maxims" or "career tips," it is important to be reminded of what it takes to win.
So, let me ask you the following question: As you lead your teams and build your business, what are you doing on a daily basis to ensure your success?
As I’ve spoken to others in the recruiting industry about what they are working on daily to win, here is what I am hearing:
Successful life coach and business trainer, Brian Buffini, often reminds his clients that “To win the year you must win the day. Win the day to win the week, to win the month, to win the year!” Start with these career tips today and let’s see this year be a breakthrough year for your business.