When Bill Walsh joined the 49ers organization, they were the worst team in football. In under three years, he turned them into Super Bowl Champions and is recognized as one of the greatest coaches of all time. Walsh credits much of his success to the “Standard of Performance” that he set up through himself and the organization. I review his list and why it’s so important to have your own philosophy if you want to be successful. -Exhibit a ferocious and intelligently applied work ethic directed at continual improvement -Demonstrate respect for each person in the organization and the work he or she does -Be deeply committed to learning and teaching -Be fair -Demonstrate character -Honor the direct connection between details and improvement, and relentlessly seek the latter -Show self-control – especially when it counts most – under pressure -Demonstrate and prize loyalty -Use positive language and have a positive attitude -Take pride in my effort as an entity separate from the result of that effort -Be willing to go the extra distance for the organization -Deal appropriately with victory and defeat, adulation and humiliation -Promote internal communication that is both open and substantive (especially under stress) -Seek poise in myself and those I lead -Put the team’s welfare and priorities ahead of my own -Maintain an ongoing level of concentration and focus that is abnormally high -Make sacrifice and commitment the organization’s framework

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