The Packers last minute loss to the Cardinals was devastating to me. But then I got thinking about a quote from perhaps one of the finest thought leaders. “In great attempts, it is glorious even to fail.” Yes of course I am referring to Vince Lombardi.
Of course I don’t know if he would believe that allowing 51 points would be glorious, but I do take comfort in the word glorious.
So…now that I introduced Coach Lombardi to the conversation, what could we possibly learn from him in our quest to learn about executing successful Thought Leadership strategies? For one, I offer a quote that perhaps we can learn from. “It’s easy to have faith in yourself and have discipline when you’re a winner, when you’re number one. What you got to have is faith and discipline when you’re not a winner.”
Why do I offer this quote? Well for one I have been reading some blogs that say not everyone can be a thought leader…and that’s okay. Vince would take exception to this notion. He might agree that not everyone can be number 1, but he would not agree that accepting the number 2 or 3 spot is a path to success.
In any event, football is more black and white than business. With the proper business strategy and positioning, you can have a WINNING Thought Leadership initiative ….. regardless of your market position. Especially if you believe in your company and its capability to meet your customers needs. If you believe that Thought Leadership is less about uniqueness per se and more about your company’s unique capabilities to meet your customers needs (see this post on a great definition of Thought Leadership), then please continue to read this log. I welcome any comments.