I’m a huge Steelers fan, and when I have the opportunity, I love to bring it into the conversation. The Steelers are off to a strong start, and I’m excited about the season and how it’s moving forward.
Recently, I found a post from Troy Polamalu, who is the former safety for the Steelers. In this post, he talks about what it meant to be a Steeler and how it impacted his career. He talked about having a locker next to Jerome Bettis until he retired. Every player on the team made an impact on his life – Joe Greene being another example.
As many of you know, we have built Service Express around our culture and it’s the centerpiece of everything we do. As a fan of the Steelers, I appreciate how they invest in their culture. A couple of years ago, I was with a friend, and we were watching the Steelers play and talking about how they keep finding great players in the draft. If you look into it, the Steelers don’t draft on pure talent; they search for the right fit. They want players with the right attitude and who are willing to learn. The Steelers know when it’s time to resign players. I see reporters and fans get upset because they claim the Steelers don’t know what they’re doing. But those players don’t do very well on other teams – Mike Wallace, Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown come to mind.
In Polamalu’s post, he talks about how the veterans mentor the rookies. This is something we do here at Service Express. New hires join us because they love the culture and what we’re trying to do. When they start, veterans tend to step in and help show them the ropes. Although the Steelers don’t win the Super Bowl every year, they are competitive.
Polamalu says, “What I truly appreciate about the Steeler way is that at its core, it’s the success of a family. The core of our success is culture based on essential virtues any person respects and honors. Humility, Passion, Resilience and Legacy.”
Think about your culture and company values – are you recruiting people that fit your company? Always keep your culture in mind no matter the situation because it will continue to be the biggest differentiator.