Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Alabama Coach Nick Saban's Ecosystem of Success
Under a previous coach, Alabama was on the losing end of the stick, and the University was in disarray. But for the $7 million Saban makes a year, which more than rivals the salaries of NFL head coaches, his football program brings in $77 to the University. One doesn't have to have to know much mathematics to realize that that is one outstanding return on investment. But because of him in particular, the University is better able to recruit talented players and, I'm sure, the best of students among applicants. He isn't just deft on the football field, but apparently in the homes of top prospects as well.
The better the student pool, the better the families, boosters and supporters with whom to raise even more money for the University, the better the University can drive its academic and of course football programs. So, for me, the lessons in leadership take on greater import and complexity. What CEOs may reflect on with Saban is how to create that ecosystem of success.