For the first time ever, my hometown team is heading to the Super Bowl. In addition to the increased revenues spent when your local sports team wins, there is a euphoria in the air that crosses all walks of life here. For a couple of weeks, we all have a common focus and we are bonded together regardless of how we differed prior to this or afterwards. Sports brings people together, and from all the good in professional sports we derive some great parallels to selling and leadership. Think about the importance of listening skills, feedback, and being a leader in your company as you hear about the Seahawks’ recent NFC victory, and final step before the Super Bowl.
Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck is humbled at the Seahawks’ success. He says that he had to become a better listener – something he was not good at. He had a reputation before as arrogant and cocky. He’s made many mistakes along the way, and most were public ones.
According to the Grand Rapids Press, a quote attributed to the now matured quarterback:
“It’s not a strength of mine, you know, listening to what other people tell me to do,” the Seattle quarterback said after the Seahawks punched their Super Bowl XL ticket and the Carolina Panthers 34-14 Sunday at Qwest Field.
Others have noticed changes as well. Center Robbie Tobeck said Hasselbeck has been one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL the last two years. Tobeck sees a mature leader who deserves success.
“The thing I love about him is that he loves it for his teammates just as much as he does for himself,” Tobeck said. “That’s the sign of a true leader right there.”
In another great sports story, Lance Armstrong is profiled in the latest Selling Power Magazine on newstands now. Lance talks about success due to rigorous training and solid determination. (I think readers to this blog know that I feel that reading Selling Power Magazine is one of the best ways to regularly learn more ideas about selling, and a place for veteran sales professionals and business owners to find inspiration.)
One could go on talking about Tiger Woods’ success, Michael Jordan’s, and other great current and former athletes. What athlete inspires you, and why? Post your thoughts.