As a native of Tallahassee, FL, I am of course a huge Florida State football fan. With Bobby Bowden coaching his last game this week I’ve been thinking about what made him so successful. For the uninitiated, Bowden oversaw one of the greatest runs in college football history. From 1987 to 2000, 14 straight years, FSU finished in the top five of the AP college football poll.
How did Bobby Bowden do it?
I posit his ability to recruit the best players coupled with his delegating management style gave him the winning edge to build the Seminole dynasty from the ground up.
A media darling and adept recruiter, Bowden quickly learned that delegating responsibilities to assistant coaches allowed his program to flourish. And with Bowden’s delegating management style in effect he was afforded additional time to focus on what he does best – recruit the best players. During Florida State’s 14-year winning streak his staff held tight and the rest is history.
As an entrepreneur, it’s often difficult to relinquish control and let those you hire to do their work without micromanaging them. Avoid this by hiring employees that are smarter than you, giving them the reins to succeed and holding them accountable if they fall short. Hiring the best employees is difficult, but crucial to your long-term success.
And Bobby would agree having said, “He who gets the best players usually wins.” And Bobby Bowden usually did just that.