Friday, December 19, 2014

Former Eagle Jaworski: Quarterbacking a decision

So how does being a quarterback influence one's business leadership style?

Former Eagle Jaworski: Quarterbacking a decision

Ron Jaworski shows off his football memorabilia and golf accessories at Valleybrook Country Club in Blackwood. He owns five golf courses in the region and got into the golf business as a backup plan. (Ron Tarver / Staff Photographer)
Ron Jaworski shows off his football memorabilia and golf accessories at Valleybrook Country Club in Blackwood. He owns five golf courses in the region and got into the golf business as a backup plan. (Ron Tarver / Staff Photographer)

So how does being a quarterback influence one's business leadership style?

"As a quarterback, you have no more than three seconds to make a decision," former Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski told me during our Leadership Agenda interview published in Monday's Philadelphia Inquirer.  "And your decision can determine the outcome of that play. As much as I like to be thoughtful and think things through in my decision making -- I don’t like knee jerk decisions -- but I’m not afraid to make decisions."

Is decision making innate or learned, I asked.

"I think there has to be some intelligence – there has to be some innate insurance," said Jaworski, co-majority owner of the Philadelphia Soul arena football team. "It takes hard work, dedication.

"You learn by mistakes," he said. "When you make those mistakes you try not to make them the third time or the second time. You learn from them.  Sometimes you learn the hard way. In football, if I held on to the ball too long,I got my butt kicked. You better make that decision quicker."

Jane M. Von Bergen Inquirer Staff Writer
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Jane M. Von Bergen Inquirer Staff Writer
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