The Brett Favre Situation: A Business Perspective

DAVID DEPREOCorrespondent IAugust 4, 2008

Let's say your the new general manager of a business.  Inside the business, you have 22 sales people. One salesperson out-sells everyone and sets the world on fire with new sales records.  Not only does he outsell everyone, he motivates the other 21 to perform at a level well above their 110 percent mark.

He brings your business to a level that competes with Fortune 500 companies.  He even goes so far as to make your product universally know.  Everyone wants to know where you company and sales are going next.

Well, there's a problem.  Harvard just graduated a 4.0 marketing expert that is bound to set the world on fire.  This guy has done everything theoretically possible to be the next best salesperson in the world.  Don't forget, you are the new general manager now.

The only problem is that this super salesman you already have signed a contract with your company to last three more years.  You think that this Harvard graduate is the best thing since cold beer.  What do you do?

Do you let your competition buy your top notch salesman's contract out and move to them? Do you let your ego take over and recruit this Harvard graduate? Or do you let this super salesman complete his tenure? 

Knowing that the super salesperson has more control over the 21 other salesmen than you do, you might opt for Harvard and trade your man.

This does not appear to most humans as the right thing to do. HOWEVER, if you just sit back in your chair, maybe play some fantasy football, while doing nothing, your business may grow to an all time high. 

You will become universally known as a Fortune 500 crackerjack. But truthfully, all of that makes no sense.  Who wants to be the best?  Who wants their company to grow?  Who wants stockholders to receive a dividend? 

Not the Green Bay Packers general manager.

Now that Brett is back, it is time for the shareholders to step up and tell this general manager that we want to go to the Superbowl.  We want our team to be that Fortune 500 Company.  Don't miss this opportunity.  Speak up now.  I don't want to be a Vikings fan, but, if Brett goes, so will I.