The New Orleans Saints beat the Minnesota Vikings last night. Their coach, Sean Payton, wanted to start this season with his team fully prepared for the challenge of defending their Super Bowl crown. One of the steps he took was to bring in Derek Fisher to speak to his team. Fisher is a 5 times NBA Champ (only he and Kobe Bryant have played in all five of the Lakers’ most recent championships).
Last night, Andrea Kremer reported this, and reported that Fisher said this to the Saints:
“You are no longer the predator. You are the prey.”
It reminds me of the great business truth that I read most memorably from Gary Hamel, quoted in The Art of Innovation by Tom Kelley:
To those few companies sitting on the innovation fence, business writer Gary Hamel has a dire prediction: “Out there in some garage is an entrepreneur who’s forging a bullet with your company’s name on it. You’ve got one option now – to shoot first. You’ve got to out-innovate the innovators.”
Or, to put it a little more graphically, from another great athlete:
“Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you.”