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February 2015

Dear Micah/ WBC Friends,

Although the football season has ended, John Fontana selected an article about Bill Belichick, the coach of the Patriots, this month. Christopher Caldwell, the author, is a senior editor at the Weekly Standard. In this short document the writer makes a quick assessment of the coach's style and points outs features of his approach;success has lead observers to call Belichick a football genius.

He might be a great strategist, but the author asserts that the Patriots succeed because their longstanding leader has a system that builds teams and connects human longing to a higher purpose. Unlike most professional athletic units the "Patriot way" strives for excellence developed by seeking out players who are teachable, adaptable, versatile and can be melded into a unit. Belichick follows a path that is not typical in sports believing that organizational excellence emerges when individuals flourish in an environment created to produce a common good.

This material provokes interesting questions. Is the Patriot method applicable to the typical business, educational, or governmental organization? As leaders what steps must be taken to ensure that individuals flourish in a team environment? How do we manage the highly successful associate whose contributions are important for overall success, but who places self-interest above the well-being of the team? Should organizations give staffing greater priority so that recruitment of the talented team player is insured?

Enjoy the reading! Stay safe during a difficult winter season.

Wally Kennedy

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