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Roll Tide! Lessons from Alabama’s 2016 College Football Championship

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Congratulations to the 2015-2016 National Champions, the Alabama Crimson Tide, on their 16th National Championship! Over the last nine seasons, The University of Alabama and Coach Saban have established a program that has become the standard in college football. No team exemplifies the values and commitment preached by Coach Saban more than this year’s national championship team. Much can be learned from their effort and dedication to one another that can be applied to professionals in all areas.

First and foremost, the 2015-2016 Alabama Crimson Tide epitomized teamwork. From superstars like Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry to role players, everyone on the team was all-in and willing to give 100% for their teammates. Every player was willing to make sacrifices for the betterment of the team as a whole. As they are for a football team, teamwork and dedication are critical elements to the success of any team of professionals. When co-workers come together as one team with a commitment to the same goals, exceptional results can be achieved.

Secondly, this year’s national champions were not bound by convention. As seen by the onside kick in the 4th quarter of the National Championship, the Alabama Crimson Tide were willing to take calculated risks. You can be assured this risky play call came after hours of film review and game planning. Through preparation and creativity leading to a prudent risk, Alabama was able to turn the tide and capture the national title. The same can be said for a professional workplace where educated risks rooted in research and preparation can lead to large rewards.

Finally, this team was fully committed to the goal of winning the national championship. Despite facing adversity after an early-season loss, they remained focused and were not deterred. When times were the hardest, they rallied from behind, supported one another, and improved from their past mistakes. This dedication to achievement of a goal requires focus and commitment. It takes having your teammates’ and clients’ backs and treating them with respect even during the toughest of times. Whether on the field or in an office, unwavering commitment to goals leads to extraordinary success.

At Cory Watson, we are inspired and motivated by the Crimson Tide. We are focused as a team, directing our energy and determination to the goal of getting justice for people who have been injured. We are not bound by convention and will always go the extra mile in the representation of our clients. Winning matters, and we strive to win in every case.

Again, congratulations to the Alabama Crimson Tide! We can all learn from the core values this team exhibited and become better professionals by practicing the teamwork, dedication, and loyalty this year’s National Champions represent. Roll Tide Roll !

By: Mitchell T. Theodore, JD, University of Alabama School of Law, 2012 . University of Alabama, B.A.,2009

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