Strong on Accountability

Charlie StrongHere in Austin, Texas all the buzz is about the University of Texas’s new football coach.  Charlie Strong is his name and you know what we like?  He’s “strong” on Accountability.  Yea!  Just what the Longhorns need!

Yes, accountability is about to get real in the football program.  The culture needs to change and that can’t happen without accountability.  Here are the steps that need to be taken:

Step #1

You have to know what the culture is supposed to look like.  What am I supposed to do or not do in the new culture?

Step #2

Once you get that, then you have to be accountable to that new culture. Hold yourself accountable; hold those around you accountable.  Walk the talk if you will, or model the way!

We think Charlie Strong is well on his way to making that culture change happen.  See if he’s managing the steps we mentioned.

In an article featured on Barking Carnival, “Culture Change at Texas”, here are the kinds of things he’s saying in his player meetings:

  1. Players will attend all of their classes and sit in the      front two rows.  GAs, academic folks, position coaches will be      checking constantly now.
  2. No headphones in class.  No texting in class.       Sit up and take notes.
  3. If a player misses a class, he runs until it hurts.       If he misses two classes, his entire position unit runs.  If he      misses three, the position coach runs.  The position coaches don’t      want to run. [We really liked this one!]
  4. The focus is on winning and graduating.  Anything      extraneous to that is a distraction and will be stamped out or removed.
  5. Strong met individually with seniors and key leaders      and re-emphasized that the plan is to win now. They can lead the new      culture or be run over by it.
  6. “I don’t want to talk about things.  I’d      rather do things.  We just talked.  Now it’s time to do.”

Clear. Concise.  Gotta love that!