If you’re still emotionally drained from Sunday night’s grueling 6-6 contest between the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals, find the energy to at least take stock of how the opposing coaches reacted to the tie. It could shed light on how you yourself deal with employees or how you view your own boss.
In a great piece over at Inc., Justin Bariso writes about how what initially felt like a frustrating way to spend 4 hours actually serves as a great lesson in leadership.
Tonight was the 21st tie since the creation of overtime rules in 1974.
— NFL (@NFL) October 24, 2016
It’s well documented that Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll brings a zen-like approach to dealing with his players and guiding his team through the belief that they are all in the struggle together. This “brotherhood” mentality has produced a Super Bowl championship, another near win in the title game, and a great deal of success as a franchise for several years.
Here’s what Carroll had to say after kicker Stephen Hauschka missed his chance to win the game with a 28-year field goal in overtime:
“[Hauschka] made his kicks to give us a chance and unfortunately he didn’t make the last one. He’s been making kicks for years around here … but he’s gonna hit a lot of winners as we go down the road here.
“I love him and he’s our guy.”
On the other side of the field, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians clearly takes another approach when it comes to letting his players know how he feels about them and their performance. For kicker Chandler Catanzaro, missing from 24 yards got this reaction after the game:
“Make it. This is professional, this ain’t high school, baby. You get paid to make it.”
Different teams are going to be motivated by different approaches. Whether the 3-3-1 Cardinals are suitably motivated by what Arians had to say remains to be seen in the race for the NFC West title and the playoffs.
The view from Seattle, and the top of the division at 4-1-1, is that Carroll’s philosophy has always paid off. On Monday, during his weekly news conference which was streamed live on Facebook, Carroll said, “We’re gonna gain a lot out of this and we’re gonna get better.”
Which coach’s method would work for you as a boss or an employee at your company?