Last Saturday, my oldest son and I had the good fortune to receive skybox tickets to the New England Patriots game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
My son Mike is a big football fan and the Pats are his favorite team. He said it was one of the best days of his life.
It really was quite an experience. Our box was right on the 50-yard line with an open bar and gourmet food. We watched the game while having filet mignon, lobster rolls, the biggest shrimp I've ever eaten and top-shelf adult beverages.
We also met Quarterback Tom Brady's father (Tom Brady, Sr.) who sat just a few feet away from us.
Not being such an avid fan as my son, I did a little research about these 3-time Super Bowl champions. It's a deep team. As good as Tom Brady is, there are many outstanding players. They excel both offensively and defensively.
Many football experts are convinced the REAL strength of the team is in their coach. Bill Belichick has been an NFL coach for 31 years. Last season he moved ahead of Vince Lombardi to claim the best postseason record in NFL history (10-1). Perhaps that's why many believe he is the only irreplaceable member of the team.
Can a coach really make that much of a difference? You bet.
No owner, no player, would consider not having a coach. They know they need the perspective, the experience and the advice a good coach brings to the table.
Football is big business, for sure. But our life should be big business, too.
Why should we expect to operate at our best without a coach? And if not a personal coach, certainly a team coach. If you want to win, you need a coach—maybe more than one.