AZCOMP Technologies IT June 2019


JUNE 2019

Empowering Small Practices to Deliver the Best Care


PEYTON MANNING’S TIPS FOR SUCCESS 3 Tips for Greatness From a Hall of Famer

“I think you always need to be coached,” said Peyton Manning at a recent event I was lucky enough to attend. He continued, “Whatever level of success anyone in this room has reached, you’re going to hit a plateau. We need a coach to unlock our full potential.” It’s funny that this advice should come from Manning because he was often referred to as a “coach on the field” during his NFL days. He had a preternatural knack for seeing the field and reading the defense, but he was never complacent. Manning knew mastery was an impossibility and, as an old coach told him, “you either get better or worse every day.” Given that he broke nearly every passing record in the book, won two Super Bowls, and was named NFL MVP five times, you’d forgive Manning for resting on his laurels a bit. Of course, that’s not what allowed him to succeed at the level he did. Now that he’s retired from football, Manning has taken to becoming a coach in his own right. He regularly speaks to business leaders about the tactics that cultivated a Hall of Fame legacy during his playing days. I found his perspective, honesty, and insight to be invaluable and want to relay, as best I can, some of the tips he shared. STAY HUMBLE AND KNOW YOUR LIMITATIONS “I believe in mentoring and paying it forward,” Manning said, “but I also believe we shouldn’t think we have it all figured out and that we don’t need to be mentored.” It would’ve been all too easy for Manning to ignore his coaches once he became a perennial Pro Bowler. In fact, many superstar athletes do just that. We’ve all heard stories of hypertalented folks who never reach their full potential because they rely only on themselves. Manning took the opposite approach. Even years into his professional career, he and his brother Eli would spend the off- season with a former coach, David Cutcliffe, who would make

them train the most basic fundamentals, down to taking a snap from center. That may sound crazy, but Manning found it instructive. “Keep being coached,” he told us. “Keep being evaluated.” ADAPT YOUR STRATEGY TO YOUR TEAM MEMBERS As business owners and executives, we function as head coaches and offensive coordinators for our staff. One of the most instructive and eye-opening things Manning mentioned during his talk was about coaches tailoring offensives to his particular assets and limitations. “Design plays your team can do,” he said. “Don’t put them in situations where they’re not going to be really comfortable and not going to be successful.” I think we can all suffer from a tendency to force a top-down approach on our team members without first considering what will work for them. Instead, try to create business practices that accentuate your staff’s strengths and limit the impact of their weaknesses. That’s how you’ll get the highest levels of performance. YOU PLAY LIKE YOU PRACTICE Manning was the type of player who remained unflappable in moments that would send most of us into a panic. He credits this ability to his tendencies during practice. “The biggest mistake people make in that moment,” he said, speaking about the Super Bowl, “is to do something different from what they’ve been doing all season to get them to that point.” We may never face a crowd of thousands screaming at the top of their lungs, but we all face high-pressure situations in our fields. When those moments arise, rely on what you’ve practiced day in and day out to see you through. –Byron Adams

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