Think like a football coach


May 16, 2023

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Just like in a game of football, building a successful business requires strategy, teamwork and perseverance. As I approach the “fourth quarter” of my career, I know it’s time to make some critical plays to ensure my business continues to thrive.

The fourth quarter is when everything is on the line. It’s the moment when the pressure is highest, and every decision counts. In the same way, as I plan for the future of ABC Home & Commercial Services, I know every move I make will have a significant impact on the company’s future and the staff that has helped build my business.

One of the most important plays I can make is to focus on succession planning. This is like building a deep bench of talented players, ready to step up and take the lead when the time comes. Just like a football coach, I need to identify the most promising prospects and provide them with the training and support they need to excel.

Of course, like any football team, my business also needs a solid game plan. I need to think carefully about the company’s future direction, set clear goals and targets, and make sure everyone on the team is working toward the same objective. And just like a quarterback, I need to be ready to adjust the game plan on the fly if circumstances change.

One of the things I’ve always admired about football is the way teams can rally together in the face of adversity. In the same way, as I plan for my business’ future, I know there will be challenges and setbacks. But I’m confident my team will be able to pull together and overcome any obstacles that come our way.


Raleigh Jenkins

Finally, as I move into the final phase of my career, I’m reminded of the importance of leaving a legacy. Just like a great football player, I want to be remembered for the impact I’ve made on the game. That’s why I’ll be stepping back into the role of chairman of the board and focusing on philanthropy. I want to use my experience and resources to make a difference in the world.

Just like in a football game, the fourth quarter of my career is a critical moment. But by focusing on succession planning, developing a solid game plan, and rallying my team together, I’m confident my business will continue to thrive. And just like a great football player, I hope to leave a lasting legacy that will inspire others to strive for greatness.

So, if you’re like me and looking toward the end of your career, remember that every play counts. Think like a football coach, develop a deep bench, and rally your team together to overcome any obstacles that come your way. And most importantly, never forget the importance of leaving a legacy you can be proud of.

About the Author

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JENKINS, who rotates this column with his brothers Bobby and Dennis, is president of ABC Home & Commercial Services, Houston, Texas. He can be reached at

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