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and the New
played a football
game on Sunday,
Oct. 23, 2011. The Saints won by the
score of 62 to 7. The Saints had the ball
11 times. Touchdown. Touchdown.
Touchdown. Touchdown. Field goal.
Field goal. End of half (one play).
Touchdown. Touchdown. Touchdown.
Punt. End of game. The 62 points
allowed by the Colts in the lopsided loss
was a franchise record.
You also knew it was going to be a
long night for the Indy offense when
the snap from center on the team’s
first drive bounced off the face mask
of quarterback Curtis Painter and was
recovered by the Saints.
The last time those two teams had
met was in Super Bowl XLIV on
Feb. 7, 2010. Most of the same guys
who lined up for the Colts on that Super
Sunday were again on the field for the
October 23 debacle—including Dallas
Clark, Pierre Garcon, Reggie Wayne,
robert n. renkes
Executive Vice President and
General Counsel, PEI
Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis.
All are great players and extraordinary
athletes—perhaps even superstars at
But Peyton Manning, the leader of
the Colts, was on the sideline nursing
an injury in the October game. Manning possesses the physical skills, work
ethic and mental makeup that establish
him as one of the greatest quarterbacks
in football history—but he is also a
leader, and his leadership is what makes
the team great.
Manning provides hope, decisiveness and confidence to his teammates.
With Manning at the helm, the team
knows they always will be in a position
to prevail. He influences and inspires
those around him to win football
games. Without him, the Colts are a
completely different team—rudderless,
unfocused and without the self-assurance that marks a winner.
Watching the Manning-less Colts
made me think—naturally—of the
importance of leadership in our
industry. Instead of pearls of wisdom,
a bunch of questions came to mind. I
encourage you to ask and answer the
following to gauge the strength of your
• How many leaders do you have run-
ning your team?
Robert N. Renkes
Executive Vice President
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