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Speaking of Precision is a knowledge preservation and thought leadership blog covering the precision machining industry, its materials and services. With over 36 years of hands on experience in steelmaking, manufacturing, quality, and management, Miles Free (Milo) Director of Industry Research and Technology at PMPA helps answer "How?" "With what?" and occasionally "Really?"

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Preparation is Anticipation- Joe Montana on Achieving Perfection

Posted June 14, 2013 12:00 AM by Milo

In my experience, the ability to anticipate is the mark of a great manager.

At the Epicor Insights 2013 Conference, some guy named Joe Montana helped me expand my idea about what "anticipation" means…

Forgive me but I'm going to mention some professional football stuff here.

It's a subject I know virtually nothing about. (I'm from Cleveland, Ohio.) But I had the chance to listen to Joe Montana speak about perfection and everyone around me was cheering and oohing and ahhhing so I took some photos and I took some good notes.

Joe Montana made the point that "How we prepare"-(how we show up) has more to do with our success than our talent.

He convinced me to add 'Preparation' to 'Anticipation' as the sign of a great professional. That preparation and work ethic build trust.

Ok. You can stop rolling your eyes now. Pretty simple stuff. Pretty obvious. How come these famous guys always say these kinds of things?

Joe Montana's points for perfection

  • What can I do every day to make me better to make my team better? (I guess there really is an I in Team…)
  • Master the fundamentals. You can't acheive perfection with out them.
  • Get the little details right. They will come back to help you.
  • Live your work ethic. Having a work ethic builds trust. there can be no success without trust.

I think that he has these right.

If we model a work ethic, we will not only build trust but lead by example.

Mastering our craft- all of it, not just the big ideas- of course that will make us better craftsmen.

His question "What can I do every day to make me better to make my team better?" is astonishingly close to the one I learned from a turnaround expert many years ago "What can I do today to make my company the most money?"

I thought that these points from this winning football guy were certainly worth reflecting upon.

And ultimately worth sharing with you.

If we aren't working on getting better every day?

If we don't master the fundamentals?

If we don't get the details right?

If we don't live our work ethic?

Well?

The Catch.

Editor's Note: CR4 would like to thank Milo for sharing this blog entry, which originally appeared here.

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06/14/2013 11:53 AM

Of all the sports stars I can think of, Joe Montana is the closest to the perfect role model, not only for kids, but adults as well. Jerry Rice is right in there also; two men of high morals and a great work ethic.

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06/18/2013 3:31 PM

ronseto,

I'm glad you mentioned Jerry Rice as well. He had unparalleled focus and work ethic. On-season or off-season didn't matter. Jerry was always preparing and the results speak for themselves. I think he holds records that no one else will break because of that work ethic.

Young bucks half his age and full of "vim and vinegar" would go to work out with the "old man" thinking they would show him a thing or two and they would be dying and quit long before Jerry Rice was finished.

The current athletes, for the most part, have a short-term vision, poor discipline in work ethic that is required to have such long-running results. They are pampered through school, high school and college and never made to work hard enough to have the results of a Jerry Rice.

Like Joe Montana said about preparation, performance and results; it is simple. The reason that most people in life lose is because they don't have a vision or dream about what they would like to accomplish and therefore quit when things get a little tough.

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