I would love to listen to an Alabama Football coach recruiting new players. Year after year, they manage to convince elite 5 and 4 star athletes to commit to a “process” which requires them to compete for the positions for which they were recruited. Sometimes it takes a couple of years for a highly recruited player to break through to starter status. And yet when they do break through, they seem to be more engaged and even hungrier, if that’s possible. It’s almost as if the wait for their moment in the spotlight makes them appreciate it more.
“We create a standard for how we want to do things, and everybody’s got to buy into that standard or you really can’t have any team chemistry.” ~ Nick Saban
I love Alabama Football! Not just because I’m an alum, but also because the program under Nick Saban has been the model for how to create a culture of success. The team-first attitude demonstrated by the leaders and most of the team reflects a recruiting philosophy that focuses, not just on talent but also on temperament.
That “team first” attitude is why Alabama is consistently in the national conversation and has won five of the last nine National Championships. And from the looks of the talent, they’re not done!
“First of all, you’ve got to have a vision of ‘What kind of program do I want to have?’ Then you’ve got to have a plan to implement it. Then you’ve got to set the example that you want, develop the principles and values that are important, and get people to buy into it.” ~ Nick Saban