A College & Pro Football Kicker’s Practice Routines Were a Mistake? Brion Hurley

A College & Pro Football Kicker’s Practice Routines Were a Mistake? Brion Hurley


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My guest for Episode #99 of the My Favorite Mistake podcast is Brion Hurley, a friend of mine from Lean Six Sigma professional circles, who I recently learned was an American football kicker and punter in college (Iowa Hawkeyes) and a number of professional teams (the NFL and Arena Football).

Brion is the founder of his company, Business Performance Improvement and he's a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt. He's the author of a free eBook called Lean Six Sigma for Good: How improvement experts can help people in need, and help improve the environment, and he's the host of two podcasts: Lean Six Sigma for Good and Lean Six Sigma Bursts.

In today's episode, Brion shares his “Favorite Mistake” story about the practice routines he developed as a kicker at the University of Iowa. Why was it a mistake to focus so much on practicing long field goals and how did that affect his performance in games? What was it like to lose his starting job? What did that teach Brion about mistakes in our careers?

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"If I was to change the way I practiced, I would've kicked fewer balls. Each time, I would have stopped after every kick and evaluated any mistakes or errors."
"The physical part [of kicking] is important, but the mental part is almost more important because you can get in your own head and you can start to think differently, and it changes how you behave and how you're performing."
"I have friends that played in the NFL nine years and three of them had very high profile misses in playoff games and they received death threats multiple times from fans. It's sad that that's where people take out their frustrations and do stuff like that."

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. His latest book is Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. He also published the anthology Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus. He is also a Senior Advisor and Director of Strategic Marketing with the healthcare advisory firm, Value Capture.