The Real Lesson Everyone Should Be Learning About Deion Sanders
Deion Sanders shocked the world in his first game as the head coach at Buffalo (link to draft notes). I can’t say I’m surprised. In fact, I kind of tried to warn you in the hot takes post. There is one real lesson that Deion Sanders is teaching everyone right now. I just hope you’re smart enough to pay attention to the reason why Sanders is going to succeed at Colorado.
It’s not a hard concept to understand. The fact of the matter is that 99% of the human population is filled with bad leaders. That’s why he has so many haters.
You don’t have to like Deion’s style. That part doesn’t matter. What matters is Deion checks so many boxes for what it takes to be the CEO of any organization.
He has a standard of excellence. Every great organization has one. He has demands and you’re going to meet them. Otherwise, you’re out the door. You thought he was just being harsh on guys. No, no, no. He wants the right guys in the building that believe in his message.
Deion has a culture. Deion does a lot of his through religion. We can argue about his approach but the point is he has a message for people to rally behind. There are different ways to do it. Everyone has a different culture. What matters is his program has one and it’s powerful.
There is an example put in place. Deion doesn’t have any of his guys do anything that he wouldn’t do. He played in the NFL. He played on every side of the ball you can imagine. He was great and his players respect him. Deion set the example and he knows what it takes to be great. Follow in line or get left behind. It’s just the way it is.
There is accountability. Nobody is bigger than the program. His guys are in shape. His guys are kept in line. Deion had that line of “we’re either not fighting or we’re all fighting”.
“If one fights, we all fight,” Sanders fumed. “You understand that? I don’t want to see you all walking off when somebody’s fighting. Never again!”
That’s culture. It’s just one example but it defines what he’s building. There are rules set in place and you’re going to follow them. Not just one person. Everybody follows them.
He empowers people. Great leaders don’t just leave. He makes his followers more powerful. Deion has done what any leader of a program must do. He’s not just the coach. He’s the CEO of the entire operation. He also has given responsibilities to people and they’re going to follow what he’s preaching. It’s spread like wildfire throughout the program.
Sean Lewis left Kent State to be the playcaller at Colorado. Have you seen what’s happened to Kent State since? The staff matters and Deion has the right people in house to spread his message.
It’s really not that hard to understand. Deion is going to win at Colorado. That part was never really a question. It’s a matter of if you’re smart enough to understand why. It goes beyond motivation. It has everything to do with leadership. If there is a lesson to be learned here for every sports organization, it’s the fact that you have to have the right LEADER in place.
Stop hiring nerds that aren’t accountable. This new generation coming up is Charmin Ultra Soft. People like Deion are going to dominate the future. I hope you’re paying attention.
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