Just about everyone knows who Lou Holtz is. Some people love him, others may not care for him (especially if you’re not a Notre Dame fan). For those who don’t know, Lou Holtz was a very successful (mostly college) football coach. He is probably best known for coaching Notre Dame from 1986 to 1996. During that time he lead Notre Dame to an unmatched record and a National Championship.
Coach Holtz credits much of his success to the lessons he learned from his mentors. He also credits it to a philosophy he honed during his early years of coaching. While Holtz has many beliefs, he boils the philosophy down to three key points: Trust, Commitment and Care.
I have heard coach Holtz speak. He is very motivational. I recently watched an interview with him on a Golf Channel show called, “Feherty”.
I was pleasantly surprised that coach Holtz’s philosophy to success so closely mirrors the values we believe in at our company. You see, we have said for twenty years that there are six core values to success in our business – Trust, Commitment, Responsibility, Care, Growth and Enjoyment.
More specifically, we say:
- Be trustworthy
- Commit ourselves to each other, our company and the industries we serve
- Act responsibly
- Care about others
- Grow every day
- Have fun
We try to apply these values in every action we take and every interaction we have. We believe that doing so leads to success.
Coach Holtz at least agrees with Trust, Commitment and Care – they are his cornerstone values.
What values do you consider critical to success?