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7 Pieces of Sales Wisdom from Vince Lombardi

Posted on  21 January 11  by 

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The storied Green Bay Packers will be playing in the Superbowl against the equally storied rough-and-tumble Pittsburgh Steelers.  The stage is set for a great Superbowl, which has become an increasingly global event. To shed a bit of light on the Green Bay Packers, one only needs to turn to their great coach, Vince Lombardi.

Lombardi coached the Packers from 1959 to 1967, and in those 9 years the team won 5 league championships. Many consider him the greatest football coach of all time, perhaps the greatest coach of any sport of all time. What’s indisputable is his name being synonymous with excellence.

Lombardi had a gift with words and a legendary ability to inspire his team. In these days of process, and systems, and all the science we bring to Sales, it’s easy to lose sight of the role that fundamentally great leadership can play in team motivation. For many of us, our year is now officially underway..the budgeting, the planning, the preparation is done. It’s time to execute in 2011. Let Lombardi’s words inspire your leadership:

“Winning is not a sometime thing, it is an all the time thing. You don’t do things right once in a while…you do them right all the time.”

“Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.”

“Perfection is not attainable. But if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.”

“They call it coaching but it is teaching. You do not just tell them…you show them the reasons.” [SEC Members interested in taking Vince's advice and revising your 2011 coaching approach check out our Coaching Playbook Wizard.]

“There’s only one way to succeed in anything, and that is to give it everything. I do, and I demand that my players do.”

“Winning is a habit. Watch your thoughts, they become your beliefs. Watch your beliefs, they become your words. Watch your words, they become your actions. Watch your actions, they become your habits. Watch your habits, they become your character.”

“Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.”

What’s your favorite Lombardi quote – in fact, what’s your favorite quote from a great leader?

For those wondering just how the real effects of team motivation and engagement are, be sure to check out our Business Case for Employee Engagement to understand the impact on your organization.

And by the way, for those sports fans out there, I love both these teams, but will be pulling for the Steel Curtain II in this one!

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  1. KN Kim
    on February 26, 2011
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    One of the most agreeable quote by him is that “Perfection is not attainable. But if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence” If I demand too many things to my staffs, I am sure even if they can’t digest all the the rquirments, their performance will be improved. and One day they will resemble how I am acting in the future which can be fitted by the quote “Winning is a habit. Watch your thoughts, they become your beliefs. Watch your beliefs, they become your words. Watch your words, they become your actions. Watch your actions, they become your habits. Watch your habits, they become your character.”
    Excellent insight, Thanks for this article.

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