I am not a big Colts or Saints fan. I am a New Yorker after all. However, I secretly rooted for the Saints to win since they were clearly the underdog and the city of New Orleans needed a win. Drew Brees worked his magic and the Saints won Super Bowl XLIV.
I always found the Super Bowl to be a slight let down when it comes to the game-two great teams on the field, but only playing conservatively. There are no chances, no risks being taken. What fun is that? I would think that in the last (and most important game) there is “no-holds-barred” attitude and the playbook is thrown out the window.
This was the game big chances were taken. Drew Brees said, “That’s the type of team we are. We play with a very aggressive mentality. We play with a lot of confidence. We came to this game knowing we had to play loose and take a chance in order to win.”
As leaders, what can we learn for XLIV?
- Calculated risks can pay off huge dividends.
- If you have the attitude you are going to win, then chances are you are going to win.
- Confidence is the key success.
- Your team needs to share your vision.
- There is a time and place to being aggressive.
- There are no prizes for second place.
- Victory is given to those that hunger for it.