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Nick Saban’s Process can help you succeed in business and life

How do you transform a team from good to great?

This has always been an essential question for success in sports as well as inbusiness. Everyone is searching for ways to make people perform together at the highest level to achieve the best results.

One way to answer this question is to look at teams that have transformed from mediocre to amazing, and we don’t need to look any further than the University of Alabama football program. Since Nick Saban became head coach of the Crimson Tide in 2007, the team has won three national championships (2009, 2011, 2012). Before his leadership, Alabama’s last national championship was in 1992, under the guidance of Gene Stallings.

Clearly, Nick Saban knows how to create a formula for a championship team. His recipe for success is what he calls “The Process.”

Saban’s process is to forget about the score and how the opposing team is playing. Rather, he tells his players to execute every play as best they can with their best intensity level and a great attitude, and just let the score happen. Given his amazing success, this process has produced some remarkable results.

Saban’s process is leveraging the principle of control. Psychologists have long known that when a person feels they are in control over their environment, they will have a higher level of motivation as well as diminished anxiety. When you let go of the score and focus on performing your best on every play, then you gain a greater sense of control over the environment. Ultimately, you have control over only what you do on the playing field.

Saban’s process mentality is not just for success on the gridiron. This powerful philosophy should be readily applied to the business arena.

Here are a couple of suggestions for applying “the process” to your business life:

1. While it is important to reach your goals and quotas, don’t let that be the main crux of your daily life. Given you cannot control the economy or whether people will buy your products, you cannot control your outcomes. You can control whether you are giving your best every day, as well as your attitude. A wonderful attitude and amazing effort will always lead to better outcomes.

2. Even after winning three national championships, Saban is always looking to get better. It is not about the outcome for him, but rather the process of improvement. Focus on self-improvement and success will find you!

When we observe and listen to what the best leaders and teams do, then we will understand what really works. Follow Nick Saban’s strategies to boost your success!

Dr. Gregg Steinberg is a professor of human performance at Austin Peay State University. He is author of business book “Full Throttle.” Learn more at

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Dr. Gregg Steinberg is a performance psychology expert, best selling author, and inspirational keynote speaker on the various topics relating to individual and team performance. Google+ Profile Get in touch with Dr. Gregg

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