If you’re a college football fan, you know that Ohio State became the national champion a week ago with a victory over Oregon.
The Buckeyes were the underdog. They were seeded fourth among the four teams selected. Further, they were playing with their third string quarterback. And, though well experienced by a full season, the team was filled with underclassmen.
Nevertheless, they beat the #1 and the #2 teams.
Much was made of the Buckeyes overcoming adversity. Coach Urban Meyer said his team was “trained for adversity”.
Turns out that Meyer has met an organizational consultant in the off season named Tim Kight. Meyer invited Kight in to train his team on building a culture of resilience. The training was right on time.
In an article in Sports Illustrated, writer Andy Staples described how Ohio State players learned to cope with a bad turn of events. The players were taught three critical steps:
The Ohio State team was trained to handle adversity with a process, a checklist, if you like. They moved in unison. They stayed on the same page.
The knowledge inspired confidence.
They were taught that it’s not whether adversity comes it’s when it comes.
And, when it came, they had a plan: pause, get our minds right, step up.
Do you have a plan for adversity? If not, can you make this one work for you?
PalletOne CEO Howe Wallace
Since 2005, he has been sharing his thoughts on the organization, leadership, and communication in an online daily note to teammates called Daily with HQ.