In a talk I recently attended at a dinner sponsored by One Charles Private Wealth, Ian O'Connor, author the new biography Belichick: The Making of the Greatest Football Coach of All Time, sought to explain Coach Bill Belichick's great success with the New England Patriots. I gleaned the following five management lessons from what O'Connor said:
- Be yourself. Before Belichick came to the Patriots, he was the unsuccessful coach of the Cleveland Browns. O'Connor says that in Cleveland, Belichick was trying to emulate his mentor, Bill Parcels. That didn't work. By the time he came to New England, he was ready to be his own man. O'Connor tells the story of Belichick's assistants who have not been so successful when they've gone on to be head coaches on their own, arguing that they have tried to coach like Belichick, rather than finding their own path to success.