Yesterday, I introduced Big Ten Football Coach of the Year, Jerry Kill, at the PENWorks conference. Photo credit: Tami Ekstrand, Central Media Services
Yesterday, I had the honor of introducing one of my contemporary heroes. University of Minnesota head football coach, Jerry Kill, was the keynote speaker at the PENWorks annual conference, produced by the Performance Excellence Network. Congratulations to the PEN president, Brian Lassiter.
My favorite statement from Coach Kill’s speech: “We’re not in the football business, we’re in the ‘kid business.’ And when you are in the kid business, you are always teaching the basics: 1) Be on time. 2) Go to class. 3) Act the right way. 4) Play hard on Saturday.” he said with a drawl. “That’s the formula for winning football and in life,” he finished.
Following is the introduction I shared:
I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Performance Excellence Network because “leadership” is at the center of the Quality movement. Our speaker is definitely a good leader, who radiates goodness!
- Good leaders like Jerry Kill help us believe in what’s possible if we work together, and they personally set the example for what’s not acceptable
- Good leaders like Jerry Kill reward excellence as a fundamental strategy to get their organization to the Next Level.
It’s easy to see the room today is filled with business-improvement junkies…people who are passionate about digging into the layers of an organization and inspecting for areas of continuous improvement. But when you coach a Division 1 NCAA Big Ten college football team – a couple of million rabid fans inspect the quality of your program on Saturday afternoons!