New England Patriots Coach Michael Lombardi on Decision Making, The Four Elements of Leadership, The Difference Between Good and Bad Coaches


This is the second episode of The Knowledge Project, my podcast aimed at acquiring wisdom through interviews with key luminaries from across the globe to gain insights into how they think, live, and connect ideas. Together we'll explore: Decision Making, Leadership, and Innovation. Along the way we'll explore the questions of life and what it means to live a good life.


This episode features Michael Lombardi, former General Manager of the Cleveland Browns and current member of the coaching staff on the New England Patriots. He's widely regarded as one of the best evaluators of talent in the NFL and as we'll see a lot more goes into that than measuring talent.

Among other things, we explore decision making, game planning, the four elements of leadership, and the difference between good and bad coaches.


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The four elements of leadership:

  1. Management of Attention
  2. Management of Meaning
  3. Management of Trust
  4. Management of Self