Leadership lessons from Tony Dungy (part 8)

  • On the value of practice, Tony always looked back to a lesson from his father, “Like my dad always said, the test would be easier if you did what you were supposed to do in class every day. Practice was where we did our job.”
  • You and your team are not the first to experience the tough time you are going through. Find others who have gone through similar situations and gone on to win, and tell their story!
  • “At some point in life’s journey, professionally and personally, we have to be able to trust our preparation. When we’ve done everything we can, we need to wrap things up and move on.”
  • From the mouth of a head coach (Tony Dungy) at the funeral of his son who had committed suicide, “Parents, hug your kids – every chance you get. Tell them that you love them every chance you get. You don’t know when it’s going to be the last time.”
  • “Sometimes change is needed, but usually people simply need reassurance and encouragement.”
  • “Being stubborn is a virtue when you’re right; it’s only a character flaw when you’re wrong.” Chuck Noll
  • “I love coaching football, and winning a Super Bowl was a goal I’ve had for a long time. But it has never been my purpose in life. My purpose in life is simply to glorify God. We have to be careful that we don’t let the pursuit of our life’s goals, no matter how important they seem, cause us to lose sight of our purpose.”

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