Like a pro athlete, you get traded to new teams. Even if your position is the same on paper, your role on the team and in a game are entirely different. In order to help your new team be successful, you have to learn to adapt. You can’t just keep doing what you did on the old team. You’ve got to learn the new systems, teammates, and intangibles. The players that adapt quickly have a huge impact on winning from day one.
Today’s workplace is accelerating, changing faster than ever. Businesses and their employees must adapt or lose. You might hold a similar market position on paper, offering the same service or the same product, but how adaptable is the team to new market opportunities. When the market changes, the team that adapts most effectively wins. To adapt as a team, you need individual players who know how to adapt positively to change.
Pro sports are, above all else, one thing – competitive. You’re competing against your opponents, your own teammates, and your own stats from the other night and other seasons. When athletes develop a healthy sense of competition, it brings out their best. Teams that build competitiveness become teams with grit. They push each other and exceed expectations.
It’s the same in the corporate world. You’re vying for market share in the business down the street or across the globe, but you also want your employees to be motivated by competitive spirit. Sometimes they’re trying to outperform; other times they’re competing for a promotion or a bonus. Companies that leverage competition in constructive ways has an x-factor. They exceed expectations, individually and collectively.
Teamwork is about trust. It’s about knowing that we’re at our best individually when we’re at our best collectively. On a sports team, you have to trust your teammates to do their job while you do yours. If I’m always worried about what my teammate is doing, I can’t perform my responsibility effectively. I’ll be out of position and mentally out of the game. To develop teamwork, develop trust.
Teams are not about getting things done as a group of people, but about sustaining environments where the individuals help each other achieve goals. Getting projects completed efficiently is the side-effect of a well-functioning cohesive team. In the business world, you can’t do everything yourself – you have to trust your teammates will excel in their jobs, so you excel in yours.
When a coach speaks, players immediately stop what they are doing and listen intently. Why? Because any lapse in communication within a team can be the difference between winning and losing. Effective communication is the bridge between the game plan and proper execution. Clear and constant communication between teammates is the best way to pursue a goal as a team. It’s also a catalyst for building trust and developing synergy.
In business, your success depends on how well you can communicate. You need to communicate internally and externally to get the job done effectively. You may be technically brilliant at something, but if your communication is lacking, customers will never know what you are capable of. And if you can’t communicate internally, things won’t get done the right way.
Sports breeds winners, but some see sports as having a toxic culture. This notion may hold some truth, but in many ways, this competitive culture breeds great characteristics. It’s a matter of perspective. In order to transcend our sports culture, we hope to shift focus from our athletes’ physical abilities to their mental capabilities, which were developed throughout their sports careers.
In the corporate world, all executives need to ensure a competitive & winning environment to achieve the organization’s goals & ambitions. In today’s world, there are many societal concerns highlighted through media channels. Can these vastly opposite worlds work together, and how is the corporation perceived by the outside world?
How is your Corporate Social Responsibility and is it part of your corporate identity? Through listening and learning from your organizational leaders, we can help identify, discuss and promote ways to transcend the internal culture and societal perceived culture of your organization through an interactive keynote experience.
Although it’s a topic that’s rarely been discussed in the locker room, we have some fantastic teammates that come from diverse backgrounds. Some of our athletes are proud to embrace their Indigenous & Minority heritage. They can speak on diversity, inclusion, bias and racism through real situational experiences. Through open and honest discussions, we have documented these learning moments and developed interactive keynote experiences from a sport and situational basis.
We all go through learning experiences, adversity and hardship. These events are all based on intention and perception. We can hold the correct intention with our actions, but how those events are perceived by the surrounding environment is what matters to others.
Whether it be learning or listening, we all can be better than we were yesterday. It’s not always about race, gender, orientation – but we all judge, whether it’s verbal or not; we need to detect & reflect on these judgmental thoughts to be better. Mark, John and Cody can speak on these matters through an interactive learning experience focused on ensuring all content is delivered in an open and non-judgmental approach.
Competing at your full skill and capacity is a special feeling. Instinct takes over, the game slows down, and you hit a grove where every movement seems just a split second faster for you than the next person. If you can maintain that type of performance over time, you can have an amazing career. Peak performance relies on expertise and habits to overcome the most rigorous challenges and situations.
In a work environment, this experience of mastery is often called a “flow state.” It’s what you experience when you become one with the task at hand, experiencing intense focus and high levels of productivity. When the flow becomes the norm, work becomes an entirely new experience. Every organization is always looking to recruit an all-star. We think you can build a culture around peak-performance that breeds all-stars within.
Being a professional athlete might look easy but, unless you’re a blue-chip player, it’s a roller coaster ride, and sometimes it feels like there are more downs than ups. If you’re going to be a pro athlete, you’ll be called up and sent down to the minors, you’ll have teams pass on you in free agency, and you’ll have to fight for your value every single game. It doesn’t come easy. You develop a sense of resiliency, the ability to bounce back and play at a high level, no matter what the stakes are.
Our defeats and losses can define us, but only if we let them. Instead, we can use our setbacks to learn and grow. We can use the punches to gain resilience that allows us to seize opportunities that other people just weren’t tough enough to get to. With a bit of resiliency, the uncertainty of the business world energizes us to fight harder and dig a little bit deeper. We become more competent individuals and team members, up for any barriers and obstacles that get in our way.
Strategy in sports is essential to success. Not only as a group but individually too. An athlete must know their role so well that they can identify a problem before or as it arises and already have a plan to react. After all, a “skill” is just a strategy that becomes a habit over time.
In business, anticipating and planning aren’t just the functions of the CEO. They’re the responsibility of all employees. When you have an organization entirely built from people who take ownership of anticipating and planning, you have an organization that continually creates versions of improved business offerings.
Do you have a subject matter or learning theory you want to introduce to your team or organization? Let us help with the messaging. We will work with you to understand the key messaging and then find ways to relate to that message from a sport perspective and our backgrounds. We will surpass your expectations.