For NCAA football fans Pete Carroll stands out among the best. I’ve watched this optimistic, fun-loving, coach coax victories out of his USC players year after year; to my chagrin, regularly dismantling Big 10 opponents. This season the piano-playing, man-of-passion who has over 400,000 followers on Twitter is coaching the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks. For the sports fan here’s the SI article (from NCAA violations to his role in the NFL draft).
What sets him apart from most in-your-face coaches? SI calls it his “positive mandate.” Upon arriving in Seattle, Carroll established three rules or values for his team – the same rules instituted at USC – which form the foundation for all actions and attitudes. Carroll says, “It’s another idea I got from [UCLA] Coach [John] Wooden, and I’ve seen it work exceptionally well.”
A former USC player now Seahawk reflects on Carroll’s consistency, “He’s as advertised: energetic, enthusiastic, eternal optimist.” The three rules that immediately illicit peer-accountability in their reinforcement are:
Rule #1: Protect Your Team (on and off the field)
Rule #2: No Whining or Complaining (there’s no room for eye-rolling or grumbling)
Rule #3: Be Early for Everything (a sign of respect)
Simple, clear, and self-explanatory! They can be a standard in the sports-world and in the marketplace.
So here’s the question: What would you need to change if you were held to the standard of these three simple rules?