December 2, 2013
Frank Supovitz is the senior vice president of events for the National Football League, a position he’s held for nine years. He’s responsible for the production of all major N.F.L. events, including the Super Bowl.
1. Be prepared for anything. Prioritize and maintain focus on the most important missions; train, empower, and trust your staff and contractors; and most of all, try to develop a thick skin. Based on the last nine Super Bowls, knowing that “anything” will almost always happen—that challenges large and small will pull attention away from the essential objective of kicking the ball at 6:30 p.m.—but that a great roster of professionals will work together to overcome issues, takes some of the pressure off. I’m still working on the thick skin.
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