The connection between sports and the world of work is strong. I've watched the Road to Redemption several times and admit it ranks up there with Miracle on Ice (the 1980 U S Hockey Team). Bud Greenspan has written that the 1980 Hockey Team win over Russia was the greatest Olympic story he's covered.
What both depict is the power of working as a team and the positive results that can occur.
When you look at the diverse personalities of the team members and coaches, it becomes very clear that at some point they laid their individual egos on the bench and entered the game to play together and WIN. And, win they did. In the competitive business world, the same rules can be successfully applied. But the leadership and direction start at the top with the head coach. Certainly, these past few days have shown us what happens in the financial world when there is little or no true leadership at the top of a large financial institution. This is a time in our history where true leadership can bring about significant change and a more stable future. Leadership in the business world that equals Coach K's methodology of building a winning Olympic team comprised of successful athletes from competitive teams. Herb Brooks understood it with amateurs in 1980.