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Sep26
Saints Win Over Falcons Resuscitates New Orleans
I think leadership includes inspiring yourself and others to perform at a higher level.  Last night in New Orleans, I saw that as the New Orleans Saints dominated the favored Atlanta Falcons in a memorable game.

Since Hurricane Katrina hit a year ago, the city of
New Orleans and its citizens have not had much to cheer about. The Superdome had stood as a painful reminder of the hopelessness and helplessness that so many felt in the days following the destruction of Katrina.

Last night in a Monday Night Football game, the SuperDome took on new meaning. It became a symbol of reconstruction, of hope and a brighterSaints fans.jpg future. The atmosphere felt more like a Super Bowl than the third week of the regular season. U2 and Green Day played a pre-game concert, showcasing a cover of the The Skids song, “The Saints are Coming.” Proceeds from the single will go to Music Rising.

After the game, the Saints stood 3-0 and equaled the games they won all of last season. Remarkable things happened in this game as if the New Orleans fans in the SuperDome and at home watching somehow willed the outcome. For example, when was the last time you saw a blocked punt and a blocked field goal by the same team in an NFL game? Go back to 2003 and hundreds of games. Yet it happened last night.

The blocked punt rolled toward the end zone where it was fallen upon for a touchdown. The Saints, scoring in the most unlikely ways (blocked punt, double reverse), were empowered to dominate in all facets of the game until the final gun. Fans cheered madly for another 30 minutes after the game ended. It was a great game played by inspired Saints. But it was more than just an NFL game. It gave cheering fans a momentary return to normalcy. It provided hope for a turnaround, a comeback, an empowered effort to go beyond one’s own limits.

From the Washington Post

“Too often, we make sports and the athletes who play them bigger than they are. Players refer to their games as wars. Fans who won't remember who did what to whom five years from now act as if their lives depend upon the outcome. Sometimes, though, sport does transcend the hype and allows us to show the best of what we can be. This game - indeed, everything about this whole Saints season - was one of those times.”

Do you think it matters to the people of New Orleans? Michael Vick, the Falcons multi-talented QB said afterward, "I never in my life heard a crowd roar so loud.'' They've already showed their commitment to the team, buying out the entire Saints season at the SuperDome for the first time in the team’s history.

This one game does not erase the painful memories or alleviate all the work ahead, but it was special and for now resuscitates much of the New Orleans energy and vibe that was drown under flood waters of a year ago.
 
 
 
Sep25
20 Brain Based Steps That Edged Klein Steel to the Top 100 in Rochester
I first met Joe Klein … CEO at Klein Steel …  in a session I ran for CEOs called … Leading with the Brain in Mind. I threw a brief mentally kinesthetic contest half way through the session ... that... Continue Reading
Sep24
Timeless Principle #1 - Quit focusing on the outward appearance and concentrate on what’s on the inside
Last week I mentioned 12 simple (but not simplistic) management principles.  I thought we'd take time to review each one in depth. One of my favorite TV shows is Fear Factor. If you’re not familiar with this program, contestants compete in... Continue Reading
Sep22
Leadership Techniques at Core of Clinton Global Initiatives Success
Congrats to the Clinton Foundation and to Bill Clinton for his ability to draw $7.3 billion from private donations at his 2nd annual Clinton Global Initiatives. The money will be used to take action against world problems such as energy and... Continue Reading
Former President Bill Clinton Leads 2nd Annual Clinton Global Initiative
Former President Clinton was at his best this week as he hosted the Clinton Global Initiative. The conference, which ran from September 20-22 gathered an impressive list of world and business leaders as well as some Hollywood celebrities (never missing a... Continue Reading
Sep20
Timeless Principles
Recently, I tackled the monster that is my basement. It was a project I put off as long as possible, but a combination of bad weather and nothing else to do gave me no more excuses. I keep my library... Continue Reading
Sep19
Dodgers Determination - Trying to Catch Lightning Again
I can still remember watching Kirk Gibson hobble to the plate on October 15, 1988. The Dodgers were down to their last. Gibson, NL MVP that season, was not expected to play during this World Series due to hamstring and knee... Continue Reading
Sep11
Remember September 11
Perhaps as much as any other occasion or event, leaders are often proven in times of crisis.Today we honor and remember great men and women that provided leadership in the most trying moment of our nation's recent history.We also honor... Continue Reading
Sep 8
New Research for Leaders Who Make Mistakes
Have you noticed that people tend to lose their peace of mind when they make mistakes?  Yet leaders tell you they fear admitting mistakes because they don’t want to get sued. What would happen if a leader used honest mistakes ...... Continue Reading
Sep 7
The Painful Reality of Being "The Man"
One of my all-time favorite TV commercials was Sprint’s ad for its “Fair and Flexible” calling plan. In the ad, a top executive says that with Sprint's calling plan, "no one can tell me what to do. It's my... Continue Reading
Run from Leaders Without Heads!
Dashing through a mall to pick up a few stationary supplies yesterday, I was stopped dead in my tracks ... by a large display of men’s and women’s clothes. What? Was I seeing straight?  The manikins sported fine threads but... Continue Reading
Sep 1
The "Self-Made" Trap of Leadership
After my post about gratitude, it was clear to me that there was nothing limiting me from being appreciative.  I understand how important it is and that appreciation is an unlimited resource.  So why aren't I and perhaps you using... Continue Reading
Some Words of Wisdom for the New Boss
Have you ever been hired into a new job in a management role? If so, it’s an exciting time isn’t it? However with your excitement should come a moment of reflection. How will others react to me? What will they... Continue Reading

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