Even if you’re not a football fan, you likely saw football news on a TV somewhere. Notably, New England Patriots coach, Bill Belichick, has parted ways with with team after 24 years. His career is punctuated with six Super Bowl wins as a head coach.
What’s interesting is how the tail end of his career was a story of continuous poor decision-making. More interesting, is that his decision-making was left unchecked with very little oversight.
In his press conference, Patriots owner, Robert Kraft, said the following when talking about Belichick’s autonomy: “All of us need checks and balances in our life. We need what I say – I call it, we need doctor ‘no’s’ around us, people to protect ourselves from ourselves. And, as things evolve and you get more power, sometimes people are afraid to speak up.”
Every organization needs its version of a “Dr. No.” Someone who can reinforce boundaries and ensure proper accountability. Retailers and brands need to ask themselves if they have a Dr. No working for them.
At some point, without one, there will be clear impacts on:
Quality of products
Speed to market
Execution of strategy