Leadership Lessons from the Gridiron Stanford Business Brief with Steve Young

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How do you complete a pass to Jerry Rice, who is wide open, when you can't see over your gigantic defensive line? In this fast-moving and entertaining Stanford Business Brief presentation, Steve Young explains that you can indeed complete a game-winning touchdown pass by learning to anticipate where your wide-receiver will be and then "throwing blind.” Solving a seemingly unobtainable problem with an alternative solution was an early lesson he learned as a young quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers.

Giving us stories of his experience on the field—from frustrating interceptions to come-from-behind victories—with self-deprecating humor and passion for the game, Steve shares the lessons he has learned from the game. How being pushed beyond his comfort zone by a passionate coach generated the creative tension needed to keep him focused and take his game to another level. How a large and diverse team that can overcome its cultural, racial, geographic and socio-economic differences will become the better team for it. And how accountability starts at the top and has to be embraced by the team in order for the team to succeed.

Mr. Young is a managing director and cofounder of Huntsman Gay Global Capital. A retired, hall-of-fame quarterback for San Francisco 49ers, he is the highest-rated quarterback in NFL history. He graduated from BYU with a JD degree from the College of Law as well as a BS in Finance and Political Science. He can be seen on TV every Sunday as a pro football analyst.

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