SPENCER TILLMAN SPEAKS ABOUT FAMILY, HUMILITY, LEADERSHIP AND GRIT

by michael on June 29, 2015

Spencer Tillman spoke at the Western Conservative Summit yesterday. I listened to several speakers. None was more inspiring and motivating than Mr. Tillman. He wove a rich tapestry of football experience, family, religious faith and business success into an engaging and uplifting talk. Not easy to do. He did it.

Mr. Tillman is a man of considerable achievement. He was an All-American running back for the University of Oklahoma and honored as the most valuable player in the 1987 Orange Bowl. Tillman joined the San Francisco 49ers where he played for three seasons (1989–91). He was co-captain with Joe Montana and Ronnie Lott as part of the 49ers roster at Super Bowl XXIV when they defeated my beloved, more or less, AFC champion Denver Broncos in January 1990.

I wore his Super Bowl ring. It is a chunk of metal and diamonds!

Among other honors, Mr. Tillman was the recipient of the United States Congressional Commendation for Leadership in 2015. Perhaps most daunting, he has been married to the same woman for 30 years and has, as he states, four magnificent daughters.

Mr. Tillman’s book, Scoring in the Red Zone: How To Lead Successfully When The Pressure Is On has just been released. I am pleased to have a signed copy.

Mr. Tillman spoke of key ideas which I found applicable in many of life’s endeavors. No surprise there; that’s why he wrote the book

I share a few of his foundational Key Ideas, drawn from Chapter 4.

I share a few of his foundational Key Ideas, drawn from Chapter 4 of his book.

  1. Before entering the Red Zone you must devise a solid game plan that maximizes your strengths and exploits the opposition’s weaknesses.
  2. The Red Zone is not so much a location as a situation—a set of circumstances that puts an enormous amount of pressure on both the individual and the team.
  3. You are entering a Red Zone when you recognize:
    1. An increasing need to achieve your objective(s),
    2. Obstacles that are growing more formidable,
    3. Few options for overcoming those obstacles, and
    4. Time is running.

4. Your strategy for scoring in the Red Zone can be divided into two phases: preparation and execution

5. Becoming an effective leader is about becoming the right kind of person, preparing yourself for battle before you ever step onto the field.

Buy the book. Read his well-crafted arguments and insights into being a virtuous contributor to humanity. Available at Amazon:

Buy the book. Read his well-crafted arguments and insights into being a virtuous contributor to humanity. Available at Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Scoring-Red-Zone-Successfully-Hardcover/dp/B010CKLXHG/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1435605280&sr=1-2&keywords=Tillman++Scoring+in+the+Red+Zone

Visit Spencer Tillman’s website: www.spencertillman.com

More later.

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