This is the second post in a row on Randy Pausch’s ”last lecture.” Click here to listen to it in it’s entirety.
Randy really enjoys football. He talked about one of his coaches growing up, Coach Graham. At their first practice Randy and the rest of the players on the team were shocked that there were no footballs. How can you have football practice without footballs?
Coach Graham focused on the fundamentals. So did Vince Lombardi. I love this post on the Slow Leadership Blog.
Care to comment Joe and Wanda?
Joe Kerr: Now you’re talking. This is right up my alley. Blocking and Tackling, baby! It’s one of my favorite phrases. It can be used to admonish - “Come on Jerry, that’s basic blocking and tackling buddy.” It can be used to encourage – “Listen up guys, this is basic blocking and tackling. We’ve done it before. We can do it again.” I really enjoy a good sports metaphor.
Wanda B. Goode: Sports metaphors are nice, although I don’t appear to be as enthused about them as Joe. I agree strongly with mastering the fundamentals. It applies to almost everything in life. I find that with management and leadership we frequently speak of achieving lofty goals and skills, but forget about the basics. For example, many in leadership positions seek to be grand visionaries while stepping all over the people in their organizations. Who’s going to follow their visions?