What Were They Thinking?

For anyone who watched the end of the Super Bowl game last Sunday between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks, this may be the question you asked: "What were they thinking?" From an outsider's perspective, it looked so simple. Seattle was on the one-yard line with three downs and one time out. All they had to do was score a touchdown and they would have won the Super Bowl.

In his post-game interview Coach Carroll was quoted in a CBS News article as saying "It's not a great matchup for us to run the football, so we were going to throw the ball, really to waste a play," Carroll said. "If we score, we do, if we don't, we'll run it in on the third or fourth down." (CBS News, 2015) The problem, as we all know, is that the competition, specifically Malcolm Butler, had another plan.

As a business executive, you spend your days creating your plan and executing that plan to try and win the game. You design your playbook. You train your players. You know the game. You analyze your competition. You have it all figured out. You become comfortable and confident and it all pays off; you succeed. 

At that moment, as soon as you think you can relax, the game changes. The rules change with new laws and regulations. You hire new employees and your player lineup changes. It's a different game entirely as the economy struggles to find its footing, and politicians struggle to take away their opponents' footing. The competitive picture morphs as new companies emerge or old ones become revitalized.

In Seattle's case, the competition wasn't new, but they certainly made an unanticipated move. Seattle didn't plan that Malcolm Butler would successfully read the play and make that game-changing interception.

Are you ready for the game changer?

Creative Business Solutions offers an array of services to make sure you are. A few services specifically related to this topic include on-line employee assessment tools, executive and leadership coaching, training seminars, workplace surveys, organizational development and strategic planning. These services can target specific areas to help your company operate at full capacity and be ready when the game changes.

If you are concerned about a specific area of your company, or would like to learn more about our services, please contact Creative Business Solutions. We would be pleased to assist you with all of your HR needs.


CBS News. (2015, February 2).

Super Bowl 2015: The play that will live in infamy for Seattle

. Retrieved from www.cbsnews.com: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/super-bowl-2015-the-play-that-will-live-in-infamy-for-seattle/

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