- Stay True to Your Standards: In his role at the Broncos, Elway is charged with ensuring the long-term success of his team. You can agree or disagree with how he wants to build the team, but it’s his call and he stayed true to his standards when there was a lot of pressure to fold on them.
- Take the Extra Steps: As reported on ESPN and elsewhere, Elway flew to see Peyton Manning rather than the other way around. Of all the people who wanted Manning, Elway was apparently the only one who made the trip to see him. It’s a relatively small thing, but Manning noticed. When you’re recruiting top talent you’re selling yourself to them at least as much as they’re selling themselves to you. Elway understood that.
- Show Some Grace and Class: Elway’s Manning/Tebow switch was one of those classic it’s not personal, it’s business situations. As reported by Yahoo’s Dan Wetzel, Elway went out of his way to communicate directly with Tebow and to say only the best things about him. “He is a great kid,” Elway said. “If there is one guy I want to marry my daughter it’s him.” That said, your son-in-law doesn’t have to be your starting quarterback. In a difficult situation for Tebow, Elway did what he could to show respect for him. That’s worth remembering the next time you have to replace someone because the standards for the job don’t match up with their abilities.
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