Is a good coach like a good CEO?
We know, thanks to Jim Harbaugh of the 49ers, that a mediocre team, can, without changing much of the personnel, become great with a new leader in charge. One change at the top, and a sad sack turns into a championship contender.
Nancy Ross knows how. She's an executive coach. Usually in the employ of Silicon Valley technology companies, Ross says a good leader can alter the landscape of a football team, just like it can alter the landscape of a struggling company. "He or she has to get what's really going on there," Ross says, "and then, it's all about whether people working for the executive have confidence in that person."
It doesn't always work, of course. Dynamic, passionate leaders come and go in the sports world, just like they do in executive boardrooms. But, Ross says, when people really believe in the message and the process, things can change in a hurry. Ross says when a new leader takes over, you'll know within 30 days i...