Are You #43?

Even if you’re not a football fan, it’s a good bet that by now you’ve seen the dramatic catch by #14, Stefon Diggs, of the Minnesota Vikings and the missed tackle by # 43, Marcus Williams, of the New Orleans Saints in the last 10 seconds of the NFL playoff game on Sunday, January 14, 2018

A lot of people have analyzed the missed tackle and put the spin on it that he didn’t want to take a chance on a pass interference call.

I played defensive safety in college. The number one rule is don’t let anyone get behind you. The number two rule is to make the tackle and/or take the penalty. This ain’t rocket science.

Let me give you an old-school rule. Don’t duck your head. When you duck your head, you might miss your target, and even worse you might break your neck.

This is no different than the business you’re in. All the computers, all the software, all the social media and all the bells and whistles you can muster are null and void if you can’t block and tackle. Just as in football, you have to stay focused on the fundamentals of the game or it will eventually catch up with you.

People often feel training is redundant. It isn’t redundant until you’re perfect. You’re not perfect.

Here’s another little spin for you. As a leader, you should always be focused on blocking. Blocking, as in removing obstacles that get in the way of your team performing to the best of their ability.

Every day when you hit the hole (front door) you should be looking for something to knock out of the way. The more obstacles you move, the more you give your team a chance to win.

Rules for the day:

1. Don’t duck your head. (As in ignoring the issues.)
2. Make the tackle. (Stick with the fundamentals.)
3. Remove the obstacles. (That’s what leaders do.)
4. Don’t be #43.

That’s all I’m gonna say, Tommy Gibbs