Sep 13, 2013

Did you see what Mike Tomlin, head coach of the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers, did last week to the players who didn’t make the final cut of the team?

Here it is, from Deadspin:

This is pretty much the perfect 21st century NFL story, pairing the coldly impersonal nature of personnel moves with the vapidity of social media relationships. After the Steelers made their final roster cuts, head coach Mike Tomlin promptly unfollowed them on Twitter.”

First, let me say, I love this!

Going “all in” with the team

As a fan of most sports, there is nothing more I love than to see a coach go all in with his team, and that’s exactly what this is. I’ve got 53 on the roster, so I’m following 53 on Twitter. That’s my team. We live together, We Tweet together!

Whether it’s athletics or business, you want your team to focus and support the team you’ve got. If that means making a gesture like unfollowing someone on a social network, so be it. We want to win!

Leadership is all about signs and symbols. While this might seem small and insignificant in the larger scheme of running a National Football League team, I love the detail of it!

So, what about you? Do you unfollow (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) past employees who left your organization?

This was originally published on Tim Sackett’s blog, The Tim Sackett Project.

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