Leadership Dialogue: Sharing Perspective…Should the NFL Be a Nonprofit?

Sharing Leadership Ideas from Real Life

ForumEach Thursday, I’ll launch a topic for discussion, dialogue, debate, and introspective conversation. In group facilitation situations, I ask the participants to reframe disagreement from the category of a “weapon” to the category of a “creative tool.” This change in paradigm allows for very lively and productive discussions to happen. It takes away the risk of feeling like participants are criticizing each other and allows them to be free to point to ideas and concepts without having to pretend to be polite or pretend to agree. We have been conditioned to feel that disagreement is not polite. In fact, disagreement is a way to be in integrity.

We find that it’s okay to disagree. Many times we find new ideas, fresh perspectives, and opposite polarities that make sense. Healthy dialogue does not depend on everybody agreeing; in fact, if everybody agrees, it’s a boring discussion, and we might get trapped by not exposing blind spots that could limit our effectiveness as leaders and as an organization.

In that spirit, I offer a chance for dialogue on topics related to leadership. I will choose topics that have high visibility in the news or in certain communities of interest, such as business, entrepreneurship, religion, and social benefit work. I welcome suggestions for other topics. I’m sure that there are many, many to choose from.

Will you contribute your ideas? Please comment using the form below.

Today’s topic:

It has come to light with the controversies in the NFL that the organization is a nonprofit.

Let’s dialogue on this question:

  1. Should the NFL be tax exempt?


Hugh Ballou

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  • DWilde1

    Okay, so I should really care about the NFL, but I’ll take this on as a ‘leadership topic’. The NFL should be a non-profit, but it should stop doing things that forward its for-profit teams. The League should also be pro-active in making sure players don’t get their brains addled. The League should also make sure that the playing field between teams with heavy dollar backing and teams without such backing has some balance. The League should also be out in front on such issues as gay players and player spousal abuse, which it has notable not been cognizant of. The present commish is a complete non-starter, IMHO.

  • Hugh Ballou

    Interesting comments. Just today, the news reports shared that the NFL is moving from nonprofit status. This is a responsible leadership decision.