Developing Agility & Resilience in the Core of Your Organization

What Playing in the NFL Taught Me About Team Motivation


BetterUp’s Chief Programs Officer, Dr. Damian Vaughn, recently joined our VP of Marketing, Mark Horton, for a fireside chat to discuss ways organizations can develop agile leaders that can adapt, innovate, and motivate their teams.

About Dr.Damian Vaughn

Dr. Damian Vaughn, a former NFL tight end turned entrepreneur, management consultant, and senior media executive at FOX Networks Group and HBO Latin America, completed his Ph.D. in positive developmental psychology under the tutelage of Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (author of Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience) investigating the flow state at work and in elite sport. Damian was the recipient of the NFL Player Networking Event’s Crystal Award for Excellence during Super Bowl 49 for his work in Career Transition Practice and Study. Damian has also been a featured expert in HBO’s 2014 documentary film “State of Play: Happiness,” which explores the challenges professional athletes experience transitioning into life after sport.

A few soundbites from the fireside chat:

You can listen to the full audio above, but here’s a taste of what you’ll learn:

  • On modern work: “Today an organization is like a ship, navigating itself not only through rough waters, but in the middle of a hurricane. Forces of change are coming faster and there’s a strong need for organizational resilience.”
  • On the source of competitive advantage: “Agility has become the key source of competitive advantage. It’s about redirecting our resources to sustain competitive advantage.””
  • On uncertainty: “We are in an era of deep uncertainty: we don’t know where the forces of change will come from.
  • On the new model of leadership: “Dynamic teams require a new model of leadership, with awareness and ability to respond to customer needs. Leadership has to develop a strong external orientation.”

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