Know What to Look For

Posted on January 7, 2011

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The other day I was on one of my usual drives in the city, listening to sports talk radio and I heard one of the hosts of the show mention the name Scott Pioli. To the average fan or someone who does not follow sports that closely, the name may not mean much to you. But you know his work or have at least noticed it once, twice or three times and never heard of him.

In the pro football universe, he is best known as one of the key orchestrators or architects of the three-time Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots. In the last decade, they were second in regular season victories and first in total victories, including the playoffs. I would say that is an impressive resume.

So, why was the host mentioning Scott Pioli?

Well, Pioli is now the President of Football Operations for the Kanas City Chiefs. He has led the rebuilding effort of that franchise in only two years. They are heading into the playoffs this weekend after winning their division, rebounding from three losing seasons (a combined 38 losses). Given his success with the Patriots and now with the Chiefs, people want to know how he builds his teams. He said, one of the keys for him is looking for former team captains (from college or other teams) because he knows those guys usually have a leadership track record.

As you build your teams, whether it be comprised of paid staff, volunteers or even friends, know what you are looking for and the indicators that demonstrate a track record. The clearer you are about that, the more likely you will be to see consistent, successful performance.

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