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Super Bowl champion Gary Brackett on the importance of positive influence from leadership

From the spotlight of the gridiron to the spotlight of stages across the country, Gary Brackett has found tremendous success throughout his career. Brackett played linebacker for the 2007 Super Bowl Champion team, the Indianapolis Colts. He was a captain for the team alongside NFL legendary quarterback, Peyton Manning. After retiring, Brackett opened a series of restaurants throughout the Indianapolis area and wrote the book, “Winning: From Walk-On to Captain in Football and Life.”

Brackett begins the conversation by discussing the pivot he had to make as many of his speaking opportunities were either canceled or moved online. He talks about how he had to make the difficult decision to transition out of the restaurant industry due to the shutdowns. He says that business leaders must be very purposeful in everything they do moving out of 2020 and throughout 2021. He says that a positive mindset is so important in shaping the way that others are influenced by leadership.

Brackett then goes into how business leaders can be more flexible in the way they hire and manage their employees. 

“No longer do you have to be relegated to your own demographic,” said Brackett. “If someone’s gonna work online they can work from wherever. You just improved tenfold your availability of talent.”

Brackett then talks about how the tragedy of losing his loved ones inspired him to live every day to the fullest. He encourages people to chase after their dreams today because tomorrow isn’t promised. 

Brackett concludes the conversation by giving some advice on what CEOs should consider when making crucial hires. He says that business leaders must first understand the vision they have for their company. Then they can surround themselves with people who can help achieve that vision.


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