This season the tournament was fantastic and provided excitement, drama, storylines, and lessons. Unfortunately, every year there are examples of poor losers, and poor winners, but usually there are examples of great winners and stories that tug at your heart strings and live and die by the wins and losses. This year though there were some very clear lessons from the tournament and the championship game specifically. While there are always people that will say you can learn lessons from sports and war and other situations, they do get a little onerous. However, in this case there were some really clear lessons from the tournament, that can be directly applied to running a business and developing a business thought model. Below is a summary of the top lessons that stood out:
- Practice makes perfect! Did you see Villanova run their final play? This is a play they have run every day in practice and shoot rounds over and over again. Each player knew their responsibility and did not have to think. In the business world practice makes perfect as well. If you are in sales, practice your scripts or your presentations till you have them cold.Know exactly what you need to do, when to do it, and how to do it, over and over again.SO when you are stressed or challenges you can react the way you are supposed to.
- BE Classy – in a win or a defeat -In the championships game, at the end, the Villanova players hugged the North C Carolina Players, they credited the great play and they also credited their own teammates accomplishments, not highlighting their own. In business, let others sing your individual attributes from the outside but you should sing the praises of your team and the people that helped you succeed in victory, or in a loss take the responsibility yourself for it.
- Emotions are ok – People cried when they won or loss. You can be passionate or emotional, just channel it the right way and do not let it detract you from what you are doing
- Experience Helps You Win – In some cases you might not be able to have an experienced team right away, and you can win with a young team if you have an experienced leader, but consistent performance and success comes from some key leaders placed strategically. If you cannot have them on the team, how can you get them to be advisers.
- A good adviser makes you good, a Strategic and Technical adviser makes you great – The coaches that thought about every eventuality, discussed the actions and game plans, and got their teams involved in the planning, won! How are you sharing that with your team?
- Teams are champions, individuals are stars – What would you rather be?