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Just recently I was asked to comment for an article that was published on Mainstreet.com, Famous Sports Wisdom to Use at Work. This was no far stretch for me as I have collected various quotes delivered by coaches and players alike through the years. With the start of MLB a day away, I shamelessly feel the need to share my outtakes that didn’t get published in the piece. There is much we can take from sports coaches, players and executives to use in understanding your business environment. Enjoy.
Believe it or not, Coach K is wrong. Effective teamwork in business, as in sports, begins when each player is positively reinforced for helping a teammate be successful.
In the final analysis, in business and in sports everything is personal. If you don’t think so, do something to upset your star performer and watch what happens.
Organizations create the future by the behavior they positively reinforce today. It used to be that only hard work and accomplishments were rewarded but today we tend to reinforce everything that moves. Therefore the future ain’t what it used to be as Yogi correctly asserted.
The average person has been punished more for doing something wrong than praised for doing it correctly.
When pay is based on performance the organization wants you to make a lot. Salaries are a high price to pay when doing just enough to get by will keep you on the payroll.
Stay out of politics. It is bad for business.
Negative emotions almost always lead to poor decision-making.
As the former Governor of Georgia once said, “If you see a turtle on the fence post, you know he didn’t get there by himself.” In business, as in any team sport, very little is accomplished by an individual acting alone.
Those who accomplish the most got good by working hard on the details.
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