What can Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots teach project managers?

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 By Jack Nevison

The team members working on your project may not have the athletic ability of the New England Patriots, but that doesn't mean they can't achieve the same level of success.

To learn how, just listen to Patriots coach Bill Belichick, who has led the team to five Super Bowl appearances and three victories since 2001.

Now, if you're from New England and you follow football, your first reaction was probably something like, "Belichick speaks?!" Yes he does, though not too often. However, ESPN Boston was lucky enough to get a quote from the coach that should resonate with all project managers.

"What I've always told our team, and what I thoroughly believe in, is that every member of our team—players, coaches, support staff and so forth—is a shareholder," Belichick said. "They have a share in the team. Are they all exactly equal? Of course not, but they're all shareholders."

He added: "Every member of the team has an opportunity to show positive leadership or negative leadership. That's really what it comes to. The question for that person is 'How are they going to do that? How are they going to control that?'"

There are several crucial points here. While all of your team members have a role to play, they are not all equal. In general, football teams will rely on their quarterback for victories far more often than they depend on their punter.

Of course, no team wants a bad punter. And even team members with only minor roles to play on a project can make important contributions.

The ability to recognize and make the most of each person's abilities on a team is the hallmark of a skilled manager. New Leaf's program, "Leading Project Teams: The Human Side of Performance," will help you get the best from all the players on your team.

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