[Blog] Winning a Losing Game, Part II: Lessons from Nick Saban on Thinking Like a Champion
(Trilliant Health, January 19, 2021)
Alabama won another college football national championship last week, the seventh for Coach Nick Saban in the past 16 years. With the win, Coach Saban surpassed another Alabama coach, Bear Bryant, who previously held the record for most national championships by a coach. The secret? Being a winner begins with the correct mindset. To survive, and hopefully thrive, every health system must have a competitive mindset. Historically, the notion of “competing” in the “hospital business” was considered crude or impolite by many, with one consistent exception: Catholic nuns.
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