Saturday, September 22, 2012

In Business and in Life - Draft Wisely!

By Julie Rahm

     I am thankful football season is well underway. Unlike some of my female friends, I don’t complain about being a “football widow”. I learned to like football while growing up in Thousand Oaks, California. Thousand Oaks was then the training camp of the Dallas Cowboys. During the summer, my friends and I often stopped in to watch the Cowboys practice. I recall asking Coach Landry why Randy White was running extra laps at the end of practice. Coach Landry answered that Randy didn’t have a good practice. I guess a few extra laps at the end of a tough summer practice was incentive to do better. One of my prized possessions is a picture of me knee high to Ed “Too Tall” Jones. I often carried Charlie Waters’ pads and helmet. He said I reminded him of his daughter whom he missed while at training camp. In addition, I graduated from the University of Nebraska, home to some of most rabid football fans in the Midwest. So, I tell you all that to tell you this.
     Good football teams recognize talent and character. They are skilled at picking and retaining the best players. Good teams understand who they have on their team. A recent example is the retirement of Brett Farve from the Green Bay Packers. When Farve retired, sportscasters predicted the demise of the team. It was going to be the end of the Green Bay Packers. Sportscasters said it would be a lifetime before the Packers made the playoffs. Well, not so fast! Standing in the wings was Aaron Rodgers. Rogers was more than capable of winning a Super Bowl and Most Valuable Player honors. Also, consider Tom Brady who was not chosen until the sixth round of the NFL draft. Brady was drafted by the New England Patriots and was pick number 199 of the year 2000 NFL draft. Other NFL teams chose six quarterbacks before Brady was picked by the Patriots. Now, Brady’s achievements abound; five Super Bowl appearances with three wins, two Super Bowl Most Valuable Player awards, eight Pro Bowls and the list goes on and on.  But, I tell you that to tell you this.
     Tom Brady, in his rookie season completed one pass in three attempts for six yards! But, the New England Patriots recognized his talent and character. Like the Green Bay Packers with Aaron Rodgers, the Patriots knew who they had with Tom Brady. How about you?
     In your personal and business relationships, do you know who you have? What are the talents and character of the people with whom you spend the most time? Unfortunately, I have seen too many instances where both men and women have made poor spouse draft choices. I encourage everyone to be like the New England Patriots or Green Bay Packers and draft partners, friends and business associates well. My point is recognition is one of the keys to successful relationships. Learn more by visiting my website at 

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