September 14, 2006

News & Opinion: Patrick Lencioni and the NFL

By: Jack @ 3:36 PM – Filed under: Leadership & Strategy

From September 14, 2006 Milwaukee Journal Sentinal: "Packers coach Mike McCarthy and New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton have at least two things in common. They are the same age (42) and until this season have never been a head football coach on any level. McCarthy enjoyed a successful run as the offensive coordinator of the Saints from 2000-'04, after leaving Green Bay after one season as quarterbacks coach in 1999. In the NFL Kickoff guide for 2006, Payton is one of the eight head coaches in the league who provided answers to a questionnaire about his background. Payton said the last book he read was "The Five Dysfunctions of a Team" by Patrick Lencioni. He may want to lend his copy to McCarthy, whose team may have more than just five dysfunctions. Payton says the "greatest overachiever" he ever coached was quarterback Ty Detmer, who was drafted in the ninth round by Green Bay in 1992. Payton also says his favorite stadium in the NFL other than his own, is Lambeau because of the "tradition" and the "setting." Also check out an article USA Today wrote about the book last year.