The sport of business. How sports and business play together. A look at Big business and SME’s playing the same sport🏁 Every star started as a student and eventually built an empire with the right team, at the right time, with the right product/service.
Leadership and awing the audience, are you playing for yourself or the team? How do you participate to make the team better, stronger, and smarter? Are you committed to the team or individual gains?
It takes one person to score the goal (commitment, focus, follow through) that can determine the outcome, but It takes two people to tango (make the right moves), and a team to awe the audience (fan support) and win the game (attract followers and consumers).
Knowing who is on your team and their roles and responsibilities.
In the game of business there is usually the following:
– Board of directors (Mentors)
– Owners (Founders, Investors, Shareholders)
– GM (CEO, Managing Director)
– Coach (President, COO, CFO, CIO, CPO, EVP, SVP)
– Captain (VP, Directors, Managers)
– Teammates (Workforce)
Roles and responsibilities
– everyone knows their position (importance), responsibilities, and commitment to playing the sport
– admitting weaknesses, knowing their strengths.
The board of directors should listen to members (GM, Coach, and possibly Captains) about their challenges and opportunities and make decisions for the Better of the team (company). They are guiding the team based on the expertise and experience in a specific field.
The GM (CEO) should set the tone/pace of the game. They should participate in the vision, values, objectives and team playing. Set and Manage the budget to ensure the team will be successful. The CEO should ensure the team plays well together, positions are defined and the company is winning the game. They are the face of the team.
The coaches set the tone of the game, they should seek players to add value to team, bring in expertise (employees, consultants) who can help the company exceed individual, team, department, and company goals. This should be approved and managed by the GM. Ensuring all positions are living up to and redefining their roles and responsibilities, working on their strengths and weaknesses. Setting milestones, T&A, and WIP performance measures. They are responsible for the culture and community and are setting the tone and driving the team.
The captains manage their teams or departments to ensure the team is participating at full capacity and meeting the T&A. They manage the team, look for strengths and weaknesses of players and add structure, people to support the team, the systems, processes, procedures, policies and growth.
The teammates have direct responsibilities for their areas, have to play well with others, understand their strengths and weaknesses as well as their teammates. They must get the best job done by the required time, budget, and quality.
But the challenge is there are many struggles along the way, due to the following:
– Market momentum, the business has natural growth so the GM, Coaches, and Managers don’t push the limits and evolve.
– Leaders don’t lead, inspire, plan, project, or accept responsibility for the team.
– Employees are hired based on past relationships not qualifications to play together on the team and create the best product/service.
– There is power and attitude over good intent but it is outweighed by arrogance and ignorance. No one able to restrain them as they are a GM, Coach or Captain. There eyes are wide shut. But they have the power to make the decisions.
– Proactive, leadership, good playing can be challenged by egos and attitudes.
– Inexperienced players, people in positions that don’t have the ability to manage and grow the team or complete the tasks.
– Job descriptions, list of responsibilities are not defined or continually refined.
– Experienced and qualified staff who go unnoticed and are never allowed to climb the ladder.
It is a huge challenge to find people who understand the importance of the team, who have integrity, strive for transparency, play for the sport, and want to inspire the team to win championships (followers).
Looking at the past to create the future. From professional sports to businesses that developed a new market segment, continually evolved, pushing the limits of what was human possible yesterday for the future of tomorrow.
Let’s think about how great leaders of the past play in their particular sport or business and imagine if they were on your team today.