TEAM CULTURE – parallels in the NFL & the Iditarod

Those of you that regularly follow my posts on understand my passion for leadership and strong cultural development within organizational structure.  My experience in the military, college football, and the National Football League is littered with both good and bad examples, as well as the resulting ripple effects it has on … [Read more...]

A Tale of Two Undrafted Players

With the 2015 NFL Draft coming up in May, many would be NFL draftees continue to their march towards possible selection in rounds 1 through 7.  But a number of college prospects won't hear their name called out at all, yet enjoy very fruitful and lucrative careers as a professional football players. How is that? The Football Educator sat down … [Read more...]

The Five Whys and NFL Front Office Management

I recently finished a great book by Eric Ries entitled The Lean Startup – How today’s entrepreneurs use continuous innovation to create radically successful businesses (Crown Publishing).  As I normally do, I read with a keen sense of how to take the specifics lessons Ries was trying to convey and then attribute them to a football specific … [Read more...]

More Leadership Lessons of an NFL General Manager

Continually Setting High Standards or "The Fourth Element" to Success In my book, Taking Your Team To The Top – How to build and manage great teams like the pros, I talk about the fourth element of the “F.U.D.E.S.” catalyst to building top level teams; EXCELLENCE. “The top teams in any industry understand this idea. They put forth a little more … [Read more...]

Leadership Lessons of an NFL General Manager

Building a Championship Organization or a "Thundering Herd" The popularity of the hit movie “American Snyper” has baffled some that don’t understand, nor even begin to comprehend the concept of putting the needs of others before those of yourself.  The definition of TEAM was never more fully taught and developed within me than over the course of … [Read more...]

Managerial Styles of NFL General Managers & Head Coaches

Managerial Styles of NFL General Managers and Head Coaches:  Does Your Team Have Executive Presence? by Stephen Long, PhD - Motere Consulting The NFL coaching carousel is in full swing. After Black Monday and the following weeks, there are six head coach openings and at the time of this writing in January 2015, four of the positions have been … [Read more...]

Dodging “THE TURK” or How to survive NFL roster cuts – Part 2

We looked at one factor per position on the offensive side of the ball that might allow an NFL player on the “bubble” of his roster to secure one of the last spots on a club’s 53 man roster.  Quarterbacks showing smarts, wide receivers with return skills, running backs bringing a different element, tight ends capable at the line of scrimmage, and … [Read more...]

Dodging “THE TURK” – Or how to survive NFL Roster Cuts

Week 3 of the NFL Preseason will be the closest thing fans will actually see to REAL professional football (or at least regular season games) than anything throughout the past month.  As the days begin to close down and Training Camps and NFL clubs start focusing on their rosters entering into 2014, many young players on the bubble have literally … [Read more...]

An interview with The Football Educator – NFL Draft questions

The Football Educator sat down with Alex Lanigan to answer some questions like what's a General Manager's draft philosophy, is there perceived college conference bias in player selection, and who the Houston Texans might take with the first overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft. As a former General Manager when would you begin your preparation for … [Read more...]

Restructuring NFL Football Operations – The Players

This is Part Four of a series on how the NFL should restructure its Football Operations Department.  If you missed the previous three articles here are the links; Time to Restructure Football Operations in the NFL Restructuring NFL Football Operations - The Game Restructuring NFL Football Operations - The Process The Players – The most … [Read more...]