Brian Billick: Interview
In the movie North Dallas Forty, a professional athlete laments to his coach, Every time I call it a business, you call it a game. Every time I call it a game, you call it a business. Millions of NFL fans watch pro football annually, and the sport grosses billions of dollars each year. Whether you call football a business or a game, money influences how decisions are made. Brian Billick, one of professional football’s most gifted coaches and now a FOX Sports analyst, shares:
- An assessment of the current dynamics in the NFL;
- His insights into the future of professional sports amid high-profile business and entertainment pressures;
- What it is it like to be a critical decision maker in one of the biggest fishbowls.
We live in a society in which individual achievement is the predominant measure of success. As children in school, we are graded individually. At work, our performance is evaluated individually. But in order for organizations to successfully compete, employees must work seamlessly as a team. So, how do employees of an I culture let go of an inherent self-interest that permeates the business culture? Perhaps lessons can be drawn from professional sports, where effective teamwork is the only way to win. After coaching collegiate and professional football teams for more than 30 years, Brian Billick is a master at building winning teams. He shares:
- How to merge a group of individual contractors into a functioning team;
- His method for ensuring that a team strives toward a common goal;
- Ways to emphasize the primacy of that goal;
- How to create a “we” environment with a vision that ultimately leads to success.
Can successful leadership be learned? Legendary professional football coach Brian Billick thinks so. He knows that leadership isn’t some abstract concept, but something that can be learned and understood. In this presentation, based on his book of the same name, Billick shares key principles of effective leadership that can be applied to any competitive situation, showing audiences how to overcome adversity and succeed. In a powerful and engaging presentation, he discusses:
- The value of creative thinking;
- How to create your own opportunities;
- How to inspire confidence in yourself and others.
An expert motivator, NFL coach and strategist, for over 30 years Brian Billick has demonstrated an exceptional ability to take individual players to their highest potential, while keeping his teams unified and focused.
From 1999-2007, Billick served as the head coach of the Baltimore Ravens, a new franchise with some of the youngest players in NFL history. In his first year as head coach, Billick guided the Ravens to their first non-losing season (8-8). In 2000, he led the Ravens to a decisive 34-7 Super Bowl XXXV victory over the New York Giants. Currently an analyst for FOX TV Sports and a contributor to the NFL Network, Billick shares his methods for bringing teams together to focus on achieving common goals. Author of several books including More Than A Game: The Glorious Present and Uncertain Future of the NFL, which in part looks at on-going labor issues in professional football, Billick’s engaging presentations challenge us all to strive for a “we” environment that holds everyone on a team accountable in the pursuit of victory.
"There is no question-he had a big impact! I have heard nothing but great words about his time with us."