June 29, 2006

News & Opinion: Do it right the first time

By: 800-CEO-READ @ 3:07 PM – Filed under: Leadership & Strategy

If you didn't see John's first post of the day, check it out.
One of the pertinent points that Bengals Coach Marvin Lewis made in an interview that looked at leadership but soon spread to other topics was this: its too hard to be successful in the NFLor in any businessif youre always putting good money after bad. To him, thats what do-overs, screw ups, are about and plenty of sayings come to mind, like my mistake, for instance. Well, all that is, is people allowing mediocrity to happen, he said. In business the shelf life, the window of opportunity is too short and you have to focus your people on that. Theres not an opportunity to get many chances back. If you dont do it right the first time, you dont really have time to do it again.
And when asked what trait most annoyed him as a leader, his answer was swift: jealousy. Not lack of effort, not unpreparedness, not alibis - but jealousy. I would not have guessed that answer in a thousand years.