In 2009, Sport as a movement was recognized as real, serious, and consequential when the United Nations, under the leadership of Secretary General, Kofi Annan, granted Special Observer status to the International Olympic Committee (IOC). This meant that the IOC and all of sport was placed on the same level as institutions such as the Arab League, the Asian Development Bank, the International Red Cross, the European Union and the Vatican.
Sport is a laboratory for extraordinary leadership and a metaphor for the belief that in any endeavor, people are the only form of a sustainable, competitive advantage. For sports and non-sports businesses alike, having the best players in the executive suite is no metaphor–it’s a condition for winning.
In this issue, we take a look at the NFL model for talent management and consider how this rigor can be applied in the office as well as on the field.