Passion and Accountability! Spend enough time with Brian Billick and you're going to hear those two words. They are cornerstones to his foundation of coaching and leadership. These are ingredients some players and staff lacked when he took over as head coach of the Ravens in 1999. Not any more. You want passion? Watch the Ravens play games or practice. You want accountability? How about the 34-7 Super Bowl victory over the New York Giants in 2001? How about a World Championship in only his second season as a head coach?
"You have to have passion for the work you do to succeed. If a player doesn't like to study, practice or train, doesn't like the physicality of the game, he's going to have a very difficult time succeeding. Passion is a lubricant for success," Billick explained. "Accountability is obvious. You have to perform. Accountability is also a sign of respect for your team. It is a reflection of a team's integrity when individuals take responsibility for their actions." In his second year at any level of being a head coach, Billick directed his team to the ultimate prize with the Super Bowl victory. The Ravens finished with a 16-4 record (12-4 in the regular season), blowing by opponents in the playoffs and finally a crushing victory over the Giants in the title contest.
Billick has now coached a Viking offense that set the NFL record for the most points scored in a season - 556 in 1998; and a 2000 Ravens' defense that smashed the fewest points allowed standard (for a 16-game season), a record once held by the now mythic 1985 Chicago Bears.
Billick directed the best team in the Ravens' five-year history in the 2000 season when the team finished the year with 11 consecutive victories, including the playoffs. Billick's leadership shined in the playoffs when the Ravens outscored their four opponents to become the fourth Wild Card team to win the Super Bowl. Brian's ability to keep the team unified and focused last October when the Ravens did not score a touchdown and suffered a three-game losing streak is notable.
Billick enthusiastically helped improve the Baltimore community. Billick gives extra time to the Central Maryland United Way and to the Living Classroom Foundation, where he serves on the board of directors. Brian has hosted significant fundraisers for the Living Classroom, and has had a number of Raven players volunteer at this important educational facility. Billick was picked as the Maryland Chapter of Multiple Sclerosis 2001 "Champion of the Year". Brian's wife, Kim, joins him in many of these community works, plus she has helped Baltimore's Red Cross with a number of important projects.
Billick has co-authored several books, Competitive Leadership: Twelve Principles for Success (with Dr. James A. Peterson), Finding the Winning Edge (with NFL Hall of Fame coach Bill Walsh and Dr. Peterson), and More Than A Game: The Glorious Present and Uncertain Future of the NFL (with Michael MacCambridge). This latter is a blueprint for developing an NFL team, covering everything from practice schedules to front office structure. He continues to pursue his passion for the NFL as a Fox analyst.
Billick was born in Fairborne, OH on Feb. 28, 1954, but grew up in Redlands, CA. He earned a B.A. in communications from BYU, where he also pursued a master's in communication. Billick endows a scholarship at the communications' college at BYU.
In the movie North Dallas Forty, a professional athlete laments to his coach, “Every time I call it a business, you call it a game. Every time I call it a game, you call it a business.” Millions of NFL fans watch pro football annually, and the sport grosses billions of dollars each year. Whether you call football a business or a game, money influences how decisions are made. Brian Billick, one of professional football’s most gifted coaches and now an NFL analyst, shares:
An assessment of the current dynamics in the NFL;
His insights into the future of professional sports amid high-profile business and entertainment pressures;
What it is it like to be a critical decision maker in one of the biggest fishbowls.
We live in a society in which individual achievement is the predominant measure of success. As children in school, we are graded individually. At work, our performance is evaluated individually. But in order for organizations to successfully compete, employees must work seamlessly as a team. So, how do employees of an “I” culture let go of an inherent self-interest that permeates the business culture? Perhaps lessons can be drawn from professional sports, where effective teamwork is the only way to win. After coaching collegiate and professional football teams for more than 30 years, Brian Billick is a master at building winning teams. He shares:
How to merge a group of “individual contractors” into a functioning team;
His method for ensuring that a team strives toward a common goal;
Ways to emphasize the primacy of that goal;
How to create a “we” environment with a vision that ultimately leads to success.
Can successful leadership be learned? Legendary professional football coach Brian Billick thinks so. He knows that leadership isn’t some abstract concept, but something that can be learned and understood. In this presentation, based on his book of the same name, Billick shares key principles of effective leadership that can be applied to any competitive situation, showing audiences how to overcome adversity and succeed. In a powerful and engaging presentation, he discusses:
The value of creative thinking;
How to create your own opportunities;
How to inspire confidence in yourself and others.