Saturday, November 2, 2013

Leadership Responsibilities

 For today's Work Until You Drop I refer you to the following article about why the Tampa Bay Buc's coach Greg Schiano should not be fired:

It is a commentary, and is well done. The writer (Jeff Briscoe) lays out a good argument, talking about all of the things stacked against the coach. And Schiano needs a defender; nobody is in his corner, so what's the harm of one or two people arguing for keeping him.

I will lay out a single argument for why he should be fired: winning football games is his responsibility. It is his job. And he has been given ample chances to do his job. How many working-class people have been fired even with fewer failures than Schiano?

A leader is also a fall guy. That comes with the job. Part of the problem with our delayed economic recovery is that too many leaders are allowed to continue in their jobs, despite failing. In Japan, if the head of a company consistently fails, or causes a scandal, they step down, bowing apologetically. Never mind that often the "network" takes care of them. It is the image that matters to those that do the work. We feel slightly better when we know there is some level of humility at the top, that a person can be fired for failure even on the other side of the glass ceiling.

So Schiano should be fired because it is he didn't accomplish his job. Did his leadership hamstring him? Surely. Yet at the end of the day, these are all professional athletes. They are capable of running routes or blocking or tackling or any of the other tasks that football players must do. It is the coach's job to pull them together into a cohesive unit, to make them gel, to create plays that they can execute. And he failed at that. If this was Japan, he wouldn't get fired - he would step down for the good of the team. Which might not be the best thing for the man.