After his five-year research project concluded, Collins identified 11 companies that he believed moved from "good" to "great" over a measurable time with above-average success. Of those "great" companies, he discovered consistent findings: There was no miracle moment. Instead, there was a down-to-earth, pragmatic, committed-to-excellence process—a framework that kept each company, its leaders, and its people on track for the long haul. No quick fixes, no overhauls, no gimmicks. Successful companies feature disciplined people who engage in disciplined thought and who take disciplined action.
My observation at the conclusion of the men's and women's basketball season is that we have two talented leaders at the helm of our Husker hoops programs who both can be successful in taking our teams from good to great as measured by this time-tested committed-to-excellence approach.
Coach Connie Yori led our Husker women's team to its second NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearance in the last four years, posting the second-most victories in school history (25). The Huskers won 12 games and finished second in the Big Ten Conference, ranked as the No. 2 RPI conference in the nation. This year's berth into the NCAA Tournament is our fifth in the last seven seasons. I'm most proud that Nebraska was one of 25 teams in the 2013 NCAA Tournament with a 100-percent graduation rate. In fact, all five of Connie's NCAA Tournament teams have had 100-percent graduation rates.
It's not too late to get your season tickets for the Pinnacle Bank Arena. More than 2,000 season seats are still available for the men's games. We also have excellent seats that do not require a donation for the women's games.
Until next time, stay positive and Go Huskers!