Use March Madness to Your Advantage

Linda Dulye's picture

Basketball hoopIn the next 10 days, basketball fans will be in their glory as the NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments get started in earnest.

Count us among the hoops fanatics.

For the uninitiated, both tournaments begin with more than 60 teams and over two thrilling weekends the field is narrowed to the Final Four.

March Madness, as tournament time is known, is the perfect time for you and your team to wind down a pressure-packed first quarter of the year and make sure you're still focused on the goals that make sense.

  • Look for upsets. Between the start of the new year and end of Q1, the landscape in your organization might have changed significantly. Do your team's goals still make sense in a new environment? If not, don't be afraid to course correct -- even if it means letting one of your sure-thing objectives fall in an upset to a new goal.
  • Tweak the game plan. The most successful coaches in the tourney are the ones that can adjust during the game and draw up a winning strategy. Perhaps you don't need to revamp your strategic plan altogether but instead you can look at each goal and find a way to integrate it with another or use new technology to accomplish it more quickly.
  • Choose a long shot. Every year, one team seems to make a surprising run through the tournament. No one sees them coming, but they make their mark. Is there an ambitious goal you've been mulling over that might seem too tough to accomplish? If you're looking for a way to have your team up its game, take a chance now and put that aggressive goal in your final four.


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