Thomas Mitchell: Tom Brady, who just helped the New England Patriots to their third consecutive Super Bowl, personifies the challenges that organisations face in finding and unlocking their talent. Many people may not know that the 41-year-old quarterback was the 199th player picked in the NFL draft in 2000, meaning all other 31 teams missed out on arguably the greatest player in the league’s history.
This happened because, according to his trial report, he didn’t have the goods physically. While his report card spoke of his poor build, it failed to uncover his mental attributes. Brady is an extremely hard worker off the field and studies the game more than most. He’s smart, mentally tough and has a knack for making calculated decisions that pay off.
If you know the story, he has gone on to lead the Patriots to five titles and will appear in his ninth Super Bowl next month. He had the talent all along – but no-one knew about it, and only fate meant he got to show it.