Season 4 Episode 11: 5 Lessons from March Madness Every Year

S4E11 - 5 Lessons from March Madness Every Year
S4E11 – 5 Lessons from March Madness Every Year

Every year the March Madness basketball tournament reminds us of important lessons that play out right in front of our faces about the elements of the best teams, leaders, cultures, and strategy. These lessons are true for every team and relationship on the planet outside of basketball. Embrace the Madness.

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1:47 – Jason introduces Season 4 episode 11 of the podcast. Welcome back to the podcast and thank you for listening. We wish to create content that engages your mind and heart and allows you to step back and think and add some positivity to your life. This podcast talks about a 5 lesson from March Madness every year.

2:30 – Please leave a review for the podcast

3:40 – We can’t control everything but what we can control is our response. Still a lot of work to do but wanted to remind the audience what is within our control is the temperature we create in the organizations and teams we work with. If you have a suggestion, please send it in to

The top 5 lessons from March Madness and these are foundational truths

  1. They believe it is possible (14:08)
  2. They are connected (15:50). They come for something greater than themselves and are connected to each other, you can see it in their play. The players understand their roles in the team.
  3. Adversity arrives, the teams that have a culture and leadership that is compelling, are the ones that are pulling toward themselves and not away from each other. They don’t spend extra energy blaming or pointing fingers and they take ownership in the next play. (16:50)
  4. Execution matters. The best teams are prepared and have a plan. What is the plan? They are agile and can adapt. Even to the smallest detail. Everyone can execute the play that matters. (18:34)
  5. They lead. The best teams lead. During the pressure moments, 15 seconds left in the game. Leaders stay focused. They set the temperature for those around them. (21:25)

Questions to Ponder

  1. What do you and your team believe is possible?
  2. What are you doing to build connections?
  3. When adversity arrives, are you clear on the temperature you want to set and clear as leaders?

Remember to the best teams and organizations remember these things but also practice these things. They embrace the madness together.

If you like the podcast, have a question, or just want to share your thoughts about daring to begin please leave a comment below or please leave a review on Apple Podcasts or Google Podcasts.


Conversations and micro-thoughts to engage your mind and heart.

A thermostat is proactive. It sets the temperature in a room. Controls the temperature. Regulates the temperature. But in today’s distracted, fast-paced and digital world, it’s easy for individuals and organizations to act more like thermometers, slipping into reactionary thinking, becoming scattered and inconsistent. The most compelling leaders, teams, organizations, families or collection of humans of any kind operate in thermostat mode. They calibrate their mind and heart to set the temperature for the vision and culture they want to create. Jason Barger, globally celebrated author, keynote speaker, and founder of Step Back Leadership Consulting, is the host of The Thermostat, a podcast journey to discover authentic leadership, create compelling cultures and find clarity of mission, vision, and values.