With the NFL’s Black Monday recently passed, I had a thought about NFL teams and organizational dysfunction. I found the following link, which focuses mostly on the interaction between Owner, President, GM, and Head Coach. There are clearly differences between how teams choose to divvy up the power. If you’re a football fan, it’s pretty interesting.
But what about the players? When I try to characterize a typical corporate supervisor/manager & subordinate relationship, I think of things such as: performance management (setting goals, corrective feedback, etc.), coaching, motivation, conflict resolution, as well as day-to-day things like sick days, time sheets, and raises.
Who’s ultimately responsible for ensuring that the players are performing consistent with or above a certain standard? Who do the players call when they have a sick day? Is it their position coach, head coach, GM, or someone else?