Sports is only fun and game for some. But for others, sport imparts various lessons that would help them to learn how to grow a business or a company. The best part about sport is that you don’t necessarily need to play the sport to learn the corporate lessons from it. You can learn the lessons by simply watching a sport while seeing them work together as a team with a common goal and watching them succeed. Major championships are won through the sheer efforts of the talented individuals who work together moving towards a common goal. The same lessons which we learn from sports can be applied in the corporate world too.
There are some basic corporate lessons which can be learnt from sports irrespective if one wins or loses. Those are the following:
This proverb is very true for sports. The more the practice, the better your performance is and the more perfect you become. The discipline of practice is a must in sports. In sports, perfection is a concept which is although rarely seen, but the pursuit of an ideal is invaluable in itself, both on and off the field. To reach to that near perfection more and more practice is required. Practice will improve your efficiency and help in becoming better at the game which is a reward on its own.
So, the corporate lesson learnt here is that training doesn’t just improve the performance, it only resets your instincts so that when you get into the job, you respond the right way. To keep performing well regular practice is very much essential.
Becoming a highly skilled player in any sport requires significant sacrifices of time and energy. It requires great commitment and above all, good prioritization. In order to make out time for practice, a certain amount of leisure time has to be given up. And once you’re practicing, every minute of a batting practice means sacrificing a minute of fielding practice. This means the players have to understand how and when to spend their best energy and must know when it’s time to put a stop. The skill to differentiate between what is absolutely necessary in the moment and what can be sacrificed is absolutely necessary for any academic or professional pursuit.
The business lesson learnt from this is there are many professionals who have difficulty in saying no or are not able manage their time properly. Sport helps in motivating the people to set the priority correctly and helps in the management of time properly in a business.
Being a good teammate actually means passing the ball to somebody else and if she scores a goal then her success is your success and everyone in the team celebrates and shares the credit equally. What if she misses the goal? You pass it to her again the next time.
The corporate lesson we can learn from it is knowing how to help others perform well and congratulate others in celebrating their wins. This is as good as forgiving them for their losses and dividing the gains with all the team members in the team.
Sports teach us about how to value a failure. Whether we are practicing or competing, athletic pursuits are built equally on the moments of triumph and moments of defeat. No matter which game you play, it’s important to enjoy success with all the humility and to accept defeat with a lot of dignity.
The business lesson we learn here is knowing that every risk won’t pay off and that every corporate move will not result in a big win. Understanding every strategy won’t work your way is the key to being able to keep on moving effectively. Don’t be paralyzed by the loss. The same holds for life too.