Business Lessons We Can Learn from March Madness


By Jeff Wolf

Time to read: 1 minute

Brackets. Brackets. Brackets. 

You can’t fight them, can you?

But with brackets come lower productivity. And with that comes hair loss for bosses. If you know what I mean.

It’s inevitable.

March Madness is not going anywhere. And office pools will eventually push aside work schedules. 

And let’s be honest, this is one of the most exciting spectator sports events of the year.

Millions will watch the country’s best college basketball teams fight for dominance and chance to become this year’s NCAA champion.

So, we might as well make the best of it.


If there is one thing I have learned from this game is that the morale of the team starts with the coach.

Same is true for business.

It starts at the top.

Nothing increases lack of engagement more than a dispassionate leader.


So the question is, as a leader, how much passion are you infusing into your teams?

Passion = improved workplace engagement = productivity.

And here’s the good news: passion is achievable. And it’s a do-it-yourself process.

So, let’s self initiate it.

Basketball players are not tasked with pleasing the coach. In the same way, it is your job as a leader to make it happen.


In a few days, I’ll talk to you about attitude.

Stay tuned.

Jeff Wolf
Wolf Management Consultants

Jeff Wolf is the author of the international best-seller Seven Disciplines of a Leader.

A dynamic speaker and highly requested executive coach he was named one of the country’s top 100 thought leaders for his accomplishments in leadership development and managerial effectiveness.

He may be reached at 858-638-8260 or