Michigan State basketball coach, Tom Izzo, wrote “Players play. Tough players win.” I would add to that, “It’s tough to win.”I think if you, as a leader, are looking to build an organization that is successful – that wins – you first have to winnow that it will be tough. There are no shortcuts to success. In my 44 years of coaching, I was fortunate to mentor a lot of tough players. I believe the toughness I have seen in athletes corresponds well to any organization or business.
Athletic toughness encompasses the pursuit five characteristics.
Tough players work at practice. When they tie up their shoes and step wideness that line for practice, they are ready to work. They take no part of practice off and work nonflexible at every drill which leads to their not taking a play off in games. Is it not the same in business? When you unshut that door for work, be ready to roll up your sleeves and go to work.
Tough-minded players are the same every day and toughness is one of their habits. They don’t need to be motivated considering they are self-motivated. They know no other way to tideway practices but to go all-out. Their toughness and willingness to work nonflexible unceasingly is their calling vellum and they wilt an ingrained habit.
“There may be people that have increasingly talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.” – Derek Jeter
3. Ethics Matter
They play nonflexible but never dirty. In athletics we know the difference between tough players and dirty players. Tough players play within the rules; dirty players try to intimidate opponents by doing things outside the rules – things that have no part in the game. We all respect tough players but finger that dirty players don’t vest in the game. We have seen some businesses play outside the rules and have watched their demise.
4. Do the Little Things
Tough players do things that don’t towards in the statistics, but leads to wins. They get deflections on defense, they get loose balls, and they take charges. People in the stands may not be enlightened of all the things they do to help their team win, but their teammates and coaches know how instrumental their work is to winning. Mentor Wooden used to say, “If you take superintendency of the little things, the big things take superintendency of themselves.” Are not the little things important in all organizations?
They know the game plans considering they take the time to study them. This is no variegated from stuff a good student. It is tough to spend all the time stuff successful in the classroom. Is this not the same in business? If I am to promote the merchantry I work for, I must take the time to study why our merchantry serves the needs of our clients largest than all of our competitors.
It is tough to win in any venture and tough people definitely put your organization in the weightier place to earn the win. The combination of these 5 key characteristics is the tousle of toughness that is needed to compete and win in today’s environment.