With the Super Bowl just a few weeks away, now is the perfect time to talk about the many parallels between the workplace and world of sports.
In his blog post I Love Sports References in the Workplace, HR professional John Hudson gives multiple examples of the sports jargon we use every day in the office. There are teams, coaches, managers, strategy, rules and role-players, just to name a few.
In one example, Hudson writes, “Have you ever been asked to find those ‘A players’? You have used every play in the book, but you have been striking out on your search. You have been thrown a few curve balls in the process by your hiring manager. Your boss has given you the two-minute warning before he calls on an outside search firm. Finally, you put on the full court press and, at the buzzer, you land that No. 1 draft pick.”
A lot can be said about players and teams, but what about coaches? How do they affect employee engagement and culture in the workplace?
Hudson argues that “the talent—and winning—make a great culture or locker room” and that “great coaches get fired all the time because they have bad talent … you never hear about locker room problems when teams are winning. The second they go on a losing streak, though, there are talks of infighting and bad culture.”
Regardless of how coaches and team members affect each other, both sides need constant development to reach their peak performance.
How are you developing great players, coaches and teams in your organization?
Q1. What qualities do great leaders in the workplace share with great sports coaches?
Q2. Why are great coaches and leaders the key to employee engagement?
Q3. Do talented employees create wins in the workplace, or do leaders set the culture of winning and success?
Q4. How is employee retention affected by a coach or leader’s ability to create thriving teams?
Q5. What qualities do great teams need to have, in order to thrive, when given a weak coach?
Q6. How can HR ensure that the coaches in their organization are developing their players?
Q7. How are you developing great coaches and leaders in your organization?
Q8. Great teams are built on trust. What are the best ways to build trust amongst members of a team?
Q9. Which workplace or sports team leader or coach do you admire most and why?