Belichick is known to resist the status quo. He's a football coach, not a fashion model, yet was mandated by the NFL to wear Reebok sanctioned clothing on the sidelines to look nice. What did he do? He picked up the ugliest piece of clothing he could find, the hoodie.
There was no way to opt out of that deal so Belichick considered the fashion options laid out in front of him, and selected the most unstylish outfit, a grey hooded sweatshirt. He began wearing it each week. Only not before having the sleeves cut off to make it even less attractive.As a coach and leader, he knows what really matters: putting his players in a position to win. This is what leaders do and what players and analysts noted repeatedly up to the game. Belichick does everything possible for them to succeed. Near the end of the game, Belichick understood that the Giant offense had a high probability of scoring a touchdown and he needed to give his future hall of famer quarterback Tom Brady time to score. So he asked his defense to let the go ahead touchdown to go through to allow maximum time on the clock.
Good move? Well the outcome and the win for the Patriots didn't happen. But, it was the right leadership decision and recognized by Giants quarterback Eli Manning, who " had ordered [Giants running back] Bradshaw to take a knee."
Do we in health care have these leaders who can create environments that allow doctors and other care providers the opportunity to be successful? Do we have leaders who truly have vision and know what really matters?
Even without a Super Bowl win, we can still learn a lot from the New England Patriots. A true culture of teamwork matters and exists when we can still support each other not when things go smoothly, but when things don't. We need to have leaders who not only have vision, but also the discipline to do the right thing and challenge conventional thinking and the status quo.
Only then can health care truly transform and be what Americans want and deserve.
Though I look forward to next year, there obviously is much unpredictability in which team reaches the Super Bowl. I'm certain the Patriots will have another successful year.
Congratulations to the NY Giants and their team, coaches, and leadership.
Unlike football, where there is next year and they need to perform for a game at a time, for us we need to get a win with every patient everyday at every moment. Our performance can never lapse.