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In a world where change is a constant, there still remain certainties in life; death, taxes and the role that blocking and tackling play in determining success. Of course, the latter is never static as there is no right or wrong way to use blocking and tackling to effectively execute business decisions or operational outcomes. Perhaps this was never as apparent as with Al Davis, the unconventional owner of the Oakland Raiders who passed away earlier this month. 

“Just win, baby” became the battle cry of Davis, who took his team to five Super Bowls (winning three) during his reign of the “bad boys” from Oakland. In a day and age where some have called for youth sports to stop keeping score because it creates winners and losers, Davis rallied his team and fans with calls to win at any cost because he understood that winning matters.

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