Pete Carroll explains why creating a relationship based culture in Seattle is vital to their success. He believes his job is to help others become their best and a key is to “learn the learner.”
“To help someone find their best, I need to figure them out. I need to figure out how to best communicate with them. What do they need that they don’t even know they need?”
Pete also touched on why the idea of them “having fun” in Seattle is misunderstood. There is a reason for all the little events– he wants to see guys in every situation he can get them in so they will give him more information.
“Everything counts. They are telling us something in everything that they do. How they dress, how they walk, the music they listen to, who they hang out with, how they eat or don’t eat, are they disciplined, do they take notes.”
If you pay attention and are a great observer, those are the inroads to understanding how to best figure a person out, so it has to be relationship based.
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Pete Carroll is the head coach and executive vice president of the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League. He is a former head coach of the New York Jets, New England Patriots, and the USC Trojans of the University of Southern California (USC). He has a list of accomplishments that provide evidence of his understanding of what it takes to generate repeatable success. He is one of a very small number of coaches who have won both a super bowl and a college national championship in football.
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