For me the starting point for everything, before strategy, tactics, theories, managing, organizing, philosophy, methodology, talent, or experience, is work ethic. Without one of significant magnitude you're dead in the water, finished. I knew the example I set as head coach would be what others in the organization would recognize as the standard they needed to match at least, most of them would recognize it. If there is such a thing as a trickle-down effect, that's it. Your staff sees your devotion to work, their people see them, and on through the organization.