What I learned from the University of Michigan Signing of the Stars and Coach Jim Harbaugh
by Allan Mishra
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Harbaugh and his expert production team took a rather mundane event (signing of high school football players) and turned it into an Oscar-like event. The day inspired not only the Michigan football program but the entire university.
The crowd supporting the newly signed Michigan players included Tom Brady, Derek Jeter, Denard Robinson, Jordon Kovacs, Charles Woodson, wrestler Rick Flair, world champion poker player Phil Hellmuth, rap group Migos, Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Coach Mike Ditka, and many others. The collective value of the group to the signees and audience was staggering.
Sometimes you just have to ask.
Former Notre Dame Coach Lou Holtz helped carry the event with excellent one liners. Why did a coach from another school come to a Michigan football event? Simply because Jim Harbaugh asked him. To the new Michigan players Holtz said: "You didn't just make a four year decision, you made a 40 year decision" He understands and articulated how the new players would be part of Michigan for the rest of their lives---a powerful message.
"Some people think less is more, I believe more is more."---Jim Harbaugh
Jim Harbaugh doesn't like meetings and discusses strategy on the field with this players and coaches during marathon four hour practices. We all should have less meetings and execute instead of engaging in perpetual discussion.
"Those who stay will be champions"-----Coach Bo Schembechler
Harbaugh added a corollary to that famous Michigan axiom. "Try hard and you will stay". He has written this above the exit sign from the Michigan locker room. The implication is clear. Work as hard as you can and you will stay. Stay and you will be a champion. Embracing this mindset could help all of us in our chosen professions.
"Attack each day with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind."---Jim Harbaugh
Harbaugh and his team gave a swag bag full of gear emblazoned with his motto to all the presenters. After the star-studded event was over around 1 pm, Harbaugh, true to form, was quoted by the Michigan daily as saying: “We’ll be back to work at 2.30.” Translation---have some fun but then return to the relentless pursuit of being one of the leaders and best.
Video montage of the event produced by VisionVideo360