Life Lessons, Being Prepared and doing Your Best. Category: Sports

by L.T. Spleigh

I started playing organized sports – baseball to start, somewhere around 2nd grade and played football and baseball each year growing up through freshman year of college.  And competitive hockey for ~ four years in my early teens, then again in an adult league throughout my twenties.  So I consider myself intimate with the world of sports.

My work colleagues used to joke about my use of hockey as a metaphor for life.  I loved it!  “This job is not like football,” I’d rant.., then expound.  We don’t have the luxury of time to huddle after every play and set a new plan.  It’s not like baseball – we don’t have one person standing against nine, nor nine organizations trying to get one out.  It’s not even like soccer, I’d surmise.  We don’t have the luxury of space to casually dribble and look around for an open shot or pass.

Our business is like hockey where you perform as fast as you can, under the threat of your adversaries taking you out.  It’s imperative to streamline the abilities of one organization to accurately pass information to another organization who then efficiently advances that info to another.  It’s engineering to finance, to marketing, back again to engineering who sends to manufacturing who rifles it to assembly, and so on…

This analogy of sports and business works in real life too.  We typically need to perform well under pressure and with much at stake.  And like sports, you don’t win all the time so get good at recovering from those times where you’ve been outscored and even on occasion, have suffered a loss.  As with all winning individuals and teams, the key is to Learn, Adapt and Proceed as collectively Improved, and best prepared for the next encounter.