In a recent article in Inc. Magazine, business and sales legend Harvey Mackay shares one of his most valued leadership strategies that he learned from former Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula.
The life of any startup is sure to have ups and downs and it’s the boss’ job to manage those ups and downs and to keep the business and the employees focused. Mackay describes Shula’s brilliant secret as the “24-hour rule”. A policy that looks forward to the next challenge instead of hanging on to the previous victory or failure.
Coach Shula allowed his team and his staff only 24 hours to either celebrate a victory or brood over a loss. He encouraged that during those 24 hours they get everything out of their system before the next day, when it was time to start focusing on the next game. He felt that this strategy helped to keep both wins and losses in perspective.
This concept is genius!
You aren’t discouraging anyone from feeling the affects of a win or lose but you’re encouraging them to feel it and then move on. Dwelling on this past , whether it be positive or negative, keeps a lot of great employees and businesses from moving forward. Holding on to those feeling affects how your employees interact with each other and with your customers.