If you watched the Seattle Seahawks beat the Greenbay Packers yesterday, you saw a remarkable ending. The Seahawks were scoreless for most of the game, struggling painfully. Yet, in the last three minutes of the game, the Seahawks made two touchdowns sending the game into overtime, won the toss to get the ball first, and made a touchdown for the game win. Highly improbable given how poorly they had played throughout the entire game (minus three minutes) and how well the Packers had played.
If you believe the post game player soundbites (not sure I do), here are some that shape what may have pushed them to the win.
Doug Baldwin said about Jermaine Kearse and his critical catch: “It doesn’t matter what he’s done in the first three quarters of a game, the first four quarters of a game. When you need him in a crucial situation, he’s going to come up with it.”
Luke Wilson on his own attitude as the quarterback: “If we’re going to go down, I’m going to go down swinging; that’s for sure. Just to find a way, there’s no excuse for me.”
And, Randall Cobb on the Packers said, “we gave it away.”
What struck me was the energy seemingly deflating from the Packers and pumping into the Seahawks. Or, maybe the reverse. As an Eagles fan, I was pretty neutral to who won, but found myself filled with excitement just to see the miraculous plays in such a short time.
So, what does this have to do with organizational life? Think of one time in the past that you “gave it away too soon.” Think of an objective that has floated into 2015 for which the winning plays are just not clear yet. Think of an initiative for which you have taken a beating, but the ball is still in play.
For some of these situations (not all, of course), we need to stay in the game until the very last second!