Bill Walsh’s Standard of Performance

Bill WalshBill Walsh was one of the NFL’s most successful, innovative and highly respected Head Coaches, leading the San Fransisco 49ers from ridicule to ‘World Champions’  in just 3 seasons.  He built a team that would win 4 Super Bowls in 11 years and coached some of the sport’s greatest stars of all time, including Joe Montana and Jerry Rice.

Having worked in High Schools, Colleges and the NFL, under a number of influential coaches, Walsh arrived at San Fransisco with a fully formed philosophy and approach to leadership that he implemented with a fierce, single-minded commitment; turning an ailing franchise into standard bearers for a new kind of football.

Key to Walsh’s approach was his belief that by focusing on the culture of the organisation and establishing a commitment to performing at the highest level possible, at all times and in all roles (coaches, players, admin staff, receptionists etc.) a winning team would naturally emerge. In his words – ‘The score takes care of itself’ 

The values and beliefs of Walsh’s culture were spelt out in what he called his Standard of Performance, a set of actions and attitudes that he sought to instill in every member of his organisation –

  1. Exhibit a ferocious and intelligently applied work ethic directed at continual improvement.
  2. Demonstrate respect for each person in the organization and the work that he or she does.
  3. Be deeply committed to learning and teaching, which means increasing my own expertise.
  4. Be fair.
  5. Demonstrate character.
  6. Honor the connection between details and improvement, and relentlessly seek the latter.
  7. Show self-control, especially where it counts most – under pressure.
  8. Demonstrate and prize loyalty.
  9. Use positive language and have a positive attitude.
  10. Take pride in my effort as an entity separate from the result of that effort.
  11. Be willing to go the extra mile for the organization.
  12. Deal appropriately with victory and defeat, adulation and humiliation (don’t get crazy with victory nor dysfunctional with loss).
  13. Promote internal communication that is both open and substantive (especially under stress).
  14. Seek poise in myself and those I lead.
  15. Put the team’s welfare and priorities ahead of my own.
  16. Maintain an ongoing level of concentration and focus that is abnormally high.
  17. Make sacrifice and commitment the organization’s trademark.

10 Reasons You’re Not A Success, Yet.

head-in-handsWe don’t really do New Year’s resolution here at TVS. The cold, grey, wet months of January  never seem like the best time to stop eating or start exercising; we leave that ’til the light mornings and warmer days of Spring.

We do, though, like the fresh start that a new year offers, the dig in the ribs it gives us to consider how we might do things better. This list got us thinking…


10 Reasons Your Not A Success, Yet.

  1. You’re not working as hard as you think you are. Success takes actual hard work, that means being highly productive and cutting out the time-wasting.
  2. You aren’t willing to take risks. You can’t be successful unless you take some risks; change job, invest money or time or simply speak up and share your ideas.
  3. You give up when things get hard. What really distinguishes the successful is their ability to overcome obstacles; to ignore them, go round/over them or just remove them. Obstacles are part of the process, they’ll always be there, so use them to learn, improve and move forward.
  4. You think you’ve already failed. Some people are beaten before they begin. according to Henry Ford, ‘Whether you believe you can or can’t, you’re right’. No-one succeeds by just going through the motions, you must keep believing your goal is really possible.
  5. You aren’t trying anything new. Sticking with the same old routines won’t bring in the new ideas and opportunities needed for success. Break out of your comfort zone, look for little ways of changing things; go somewhere new, meet with new people, experiment with doing things differently at work.
  6. You aren’t educating yourself. Keep learning; being better informed than your competition will always be an advantage. With all the content available online today, there’s really no excuse for not continually improving your knowledge.
  7. You haven’t set any goals. Setting goals is a great motivator; they focus your actions, help in monitoring progress and provide a sense of achievement when they’re reached. (Think about creating SMART goals – specific, measurable, achievable, results-focused, and time sensitive.)
  8. You haven’t learned from your mistakes. Everyone makes mistakes. Don’t ignore them or dwell on them. Learn from them and apply the lessons as you move forward.
  9. You don’t accept help. Few people become successful by themselves. Be open to asking for and accepting help from other people. Seek out experts. You’ll be glad you did.
  10. You’re sabotaging yourself. Some people are afraid of, or intimidated by, success, they don’t know how they’d handle themselves if things work out, so they subconsciously sabotage themselves. Be wary of this, remind yourself that success is a good thing – and when it happens you’ll deserve it!

15 digital trends for 2015

Bell Pottinger have identified 15 digital trends that they believe will influence the way brands communicate in 2015. Their list is based on the most talked about trends in 2014, which have been ranked in order of percentage increase throughout the year.

James Thomlinson, Partner and MD of Bell Pottinger Digital, says: “While technology will be one of the biggest drivers of marketing change in the New Year, the key focus for brands will be on delivering truly integrated strategies. Every year new hardware and software appears, but the most successful brands in 2015 will be those that harness new technology to deliver a single experience to consumers wherever they are in their journey.”