TMBA462: A Conversation with Michael Lombardi

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Dan and Ian are always looking for new ways to gain insight into entrepreneurship, and sometimes it comes from unexpected places.

Michael Lombardi is an American Football executive and analyst. He also served as an assistant to the coaching staff of the New England Patriots, one of the most successful franchises in the history of the National Football League.

While Dan was reading Michael’s new book “Gridiron Genius”, he realized it wasn’t just a book about sports. In many ways, Dan found “Gridiron Genius” to be as much about business as a football.

On today’s episode, we are talking with Michael about the similarities between American Football and entrepreneurship, and some leadership strategies in sports that entrepreneurs everywhere can learn from.


Listen to this week’s show and learn:

  • Michael’s experience interning under the legendary Bill Walsh. (8:25)
  • How Michael breaks down leaders into four categories. (12:21)
  • Some of the successful strategies employed by the New England Patriots. (17:53)
  • The challenges of building and maintaining a winning culture. (24:52)
  • How to stop yourself from being bored with your business. (30:58)

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