How Nick Saban’s Comments on Complacency Apply to Induron

By: Davies Hood, Induron CEO

Values Recently, Alabama Football Coach Nick Saban told USA Today that complacency is his biggest rival. He said: “The human condition is to survive. It’s not to win the championship. It’s not to be the best you can be. It’s to survive…So when you tell me I’ve got to sell this many cars this month and that’s my quota — well, when I sell that many cars I’m ready for a couple of days off and go sit in my chair and, you know, eat Tostitos and cheese. I’m not trying to set the world record. That’s the human condition. So it’s actually special to be the other way, to be somebody that wants to win a championship, to be somebody that wants to be the best they can be.”

Saban’s comments really hit home with me. It doesn’t matter what your role is in life. Complacency is everyone’s biggest rival. At Induron, we battle with complacency every day, but I strive to encourage our team to be the best they can be.

We aim to provide our clients with exemplary service and top-performing products. Like I recently told Water Industry News, one of our greatest challenges is competing with the old adage, “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.” Instead of settling for the same products year after year, we are constantly developing new products that provide more reliable protection through innovative coatings (actually that’s our Mission Statement). We don’t want to settle with survival. We want to truly succeed.

Likewise, Saban told USA Today, “People think success is a continuum. Success is momentary. And to be really successful you have to have consistency in performance, so you have to do it over the long term.”

Consistency in performance is equally important at Induron. Our customers depend on us to provide them with a quality coating system to get the job done right every time. It only takes one screw up to ruin a relationship with a customer and our reputation. We try to live our Core Values of Integrity, Respect, RELIABILITY and Innovation every day. At Induron, we consider our customers and suppliers as partners and treat them like family.

Not only do I respect the way Nick Saban leads his team, but I also appreciate him for continuing to inspire me as a leader of this company.

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