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Managers love a good sports metaphor. Business, after all, is about winning. It’s about competition; the team. But how many business books can keep tapping the sports world for pithy truths about how to succeed? In football alone, we’ve had Management Secrets of the New England Patriots, Winning the NFL Way, and Coaching Matters, among others.
There’s another one on the way—Hiring Secrets of the NFL (How your company can select talent like a champion). Author Isaac Cheifetz (a search consultant by day and “devotee of the NFL draft by night”) promises to tell readers how to recruit and retain talent “like a Super Bowl winner”. I’m sure there’s something to this, as long as we don’t have to pay NFL-style salaries, but it made me laugh. Is professional football really such a rich resource for management expertise? Perhaps, but the first chapter suggests this one is for a different demographic than me.
Cheifetz kicks off with coach Herm Edwards’ quote: “When I was playing, I never worried about a guy that ran a 4.4 forty, if I watched the film and saw that he had 5.2 hands.” Huh? To borrow from Jerry Maguire, you lost me at “hello”.
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