Tony Dungy Book Report

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Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices, & Priorities of a Winning Life Author: Tony Dungy A Book Report Michael Fors BUS 625/626 • Dr. David Bess The book I chose was Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices, & Priorities of a Winning Life, by Tony Dungy. This is more than an autobiography of the life of Tony Dungy, the coach of the 2006 Super Bowl champion Indianapolis Colts. Woven throughout his life story are the principles, practices, and priorities of a life that is able to lead others towards positive change, not by focusing on success, but by focusing on building up men by focusing on character, respect and integrity. Not only am I a fan of NFL football but more…show more content…
Tony Dungy utilized several key techniques to bring about change to each organization he managed. Each organization was different so some of the techniques he used for one would not be used for another. When he was called in as head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers he was asked to bring about radical change to this historically unsuccessful organization. The first thing he did was fire all of the existing assistant coaches. He took this extreme measure to bring about an extreme change. Over the years the team had cultivated a fragile mindset that infected their play; they always expected something to go wrong and it usually did. He was set on changing more than just the staff of the Buccaneers -- he was set on changing the entire culture of the organization. Ask your team what needs to be fixed. It seems simple but many leaders fail to even ask their team what they think. That was the second thing Tony did, he began meeting with the players to see what needed to be fixed. All the issues were minor but they contributed to the team’s second class defeatist, excuse-laden mentality. Tony felt that by addressing minor issues he could bring about a major culture shift. For instance, the Buccaneers’ previous owner was cheap and had the team staying in low-class, out-of-the-way hotels to save money. Tony arranged for them to stay downtown at the Marriott, Wyndham, and Ritz Carleton. He upgraded all their facilities that had fallen into disrepair and he

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