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Dec

14

2011

Cowboys and Super Bowl XLVI

Culture/Leadership

**Excerpt from ROE powers ROI** Available February 2012.

Leaders will align the vision with strategy, and leaders should understand if you take care of the little things, the big things will take care of themselves. Way Ones understand that, aside from leadership, the budding Way One has to understand organizational behavior and then step outside of their slice of pie and step into the nucleus. While they may have come up through the ranks and are the, say, marketing SME, they are also responsible for sales, finance, legal, operations, and any other areas of the company that will impact the business results by managing the business.

Now that they are leading the people managing the Way Threes, they can’t be SMEs. They have to manage the business.

You see, Jason Garrett, the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, is also calling the plays. He’s the offensive coordinator, a Way Two role—he’s the Way One also filling in a Way Two role. He can’t be in all offensive coordinator meetings and be the head coach of team very easily, not to mention assume the offensive coordinator role during the game and managing the game at the same time, or at least not very easily. If he’s a great offensive coordinator but not giving the team leadership, he’s not doing his job as a Way One. If he’s a better offensive coach than head coach, what is he doing to develop himself as a head coach? Who mentored him? Are they a qualified Way One? What was done to develop him for this role? Why should results determine qualification?

Then again, Jerry Jones is the Way One of the team but also filling a Way Two role by being the General Manager too...hum.

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