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What is the difference between a takeway and a giveaway?

I can gladly admit that I’m not into football. Not even American football. But sports in general is interesting when it comes to leadership and success. Athletics are also special since they act in front of colleagues and fans during the winning and loosing. If my software development team fails a sprint, most people have no idea. But if a football team looses unexpectedly, the whole world knows at once. Many means that this results in a resistance to making big changes to strategies and methods. If you try a innovative strategy and looses, you’re a disaster but if you’d at least stuck to standard strategies, you’re probably better of in fan and media attention.

That’s why this story about The Saints and how they clarified their leadership, changed their vocabulary and focus intriguing. Words are important. Leadership is crucial, clear objectives a winner and sometimes you have to have a go at something radical.

If you want the short answer of how the Saints went from being a 7-9 and 8-8 team in 2007-08, to this year’s “turnaround” 15-3 NFC champions, it has everything to do with Williams and his relentless emphasis on creating turnovers. …

“He came in and he made us obsessed about takeaways,” Saints strongside linebacker Scott Fujita said. “Obsessed.Every day in practice we’re the crazy team that’s picking up every loose ball, every incomplete pass, and returning it for a touchdown. If opposing teams could watch the way we practiced, they’d probably think we absolutely lost our minds. But now the obsession has become a habit.” …

“It was my No. 1 job when I came in the door; we had to do a better job of taking the ball away,” Williams said … “And remember this: They call them takeaways. They don’t call them giveaways. I don’t want to hear that. It’s not a turnover. It’s a takeaway. If you take that approach, you go try and take the ball all the time. It’s not something you just do half the time.”


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