This past week I heard two leaders independently mention the concept of building their organizations from the “inside out”. One was Superbowl Champion Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll. Carroll talks about the need for commitment in the article below:
“We realized that we had a tremendous commitment to what we were doing on the field, and that we needed to embrace that we needed that commitment to extend off the field as well, in all
Carroll also talked about having compassion for those who were unable to maintain the level of commitment that the team required:
“When we’ve had anybody who has strayed, or had an issue, or whatever, it came to the point where we really felt compassion for the guys that couldn’t hang with us in the commitment that we made,”
Carroll then goes on to talk about the inside out concept:
“So, I think it’s become very strong from inside-out, from inside right in the middle of the locker room on out, and I think that we’re on a really good path. I think it’s a good illustration of what it takes to get everybody committed and everybody on the same page, and I think the commitment to our football and the commitment to the Seahawks is pretty clear right now.”
The other example of the “inside out” concept was expressed by the founder of an architectural design firm in Texas for whom we led a recent retreat. She talked about rebuilding her firm by investing in the mindsets and well-being of her people; that is, building from the “inside out”. Her thinking was that if she helped her people to become the best that they can be in their personal and professional lives, that she would strengthen her team and strengthen their commitment to their work.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll formulated plan to address player substance abuse
Pete Carroll said Wednesday it was the suspension of linebacker Bruce Irvin last spring that finally got the attention of the rest of the Seattle Seahawks that they needed to be taking their commitment to the team more seriously.