Monday, February 2, 2015

Timing Matters

Last night's Super Bowl was an incredibly close contest from start to finish. I truly believed the Seattle Seahawks were going to eke out the win especially when they were on the 1 yard line in the closing seconds. Even though they had one of the best running backs in the league they chose to throw the ball close to the goal line. The defender made a great play and intercepted the ball sealing the win for the Patriots. The decision to pass instead of run the ball ignited a firestorm of criticism and debate. It quickly blew up social media and has been the talk of sports journalists and water cooler quarterbacks all day long.

Even though it was an excellent play by the defender the attention has been focused on the play call more than anything else. It reveals a true leadership principle: leaders are not only judged by the decisions they make, but also the timing and location of those decisions. Making an unwise choice in the first quarter of a game at midfield doesn't garner the same attention and criticism as one made as time and opportunity are disappearing.

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