Offense wins games, patience wins championships!
On Sunday night, the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl to win their first NFL championship in 50 years.
A lot of ink will be spilled about the playmaking ability of Patrick Mahomes and the multitude of high-profile offensive players at his disposal. But, what will probably get lost in the shuffle will be the long-term planning and patience that led to this moment.
Mahomes was a first-round draft pick in 2017. But, unlike most first-round picks he didn’t play during his rookie season, rather, he sat on the bench and learned from veteran Alex Smith. Smith who was an excellent quarterback in his own right, knew full well the succession plan was being put in place, but put his ego aside and mentored Mahomes as best he could. Without the enormous pressure of coming straight out of college to play, Mahomes won the MVP award in his first full season of play and Super Bowl MVP in his second.
Sports, like a business, requires meticulous planning, the right personnel, great “managers”, and of course a bit of luck. It also requires patience. It would have been extremely enticing to draft Mahomes and immediately insert him into the starting lineup. It also may have led to disastrous consequences. Years ago, it wasn’t uncommon for first-round quarterbacks to sit out as season as they learned the ropes. Today it’s almost unheard of. Owners, coaches, and fans are looking for instant gratification and instant results. But the Chiefs waited patiently while Mahomes developed and learned the skills he needed to turn into an MVP.
It’s very common for managers to succumb to a lack of patience. They want an immediate turnaround, instant growth, instantaneous success. Unlike Coach Reid, they are less willing to take the time and energy it needs to cultivate talent or a long-term plan.
If we break down the Chief's path to the Super Bowl, it would look something like this.
1. Set a goal
2. Put egos aside.
3. Put a plan in place and gather the talent you need to implement the plan
4. Nurture, cultivate and develop that talent.
5. Experience some setbacks and heartache but never lose sight of the goal.
6. Keep “matriculating” your business towards your goal.
7. Achieve the goal!
Not all that far off from how a business succeeds as well!