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5 Sporting Lessons That Aid Success in Business

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Published on 29 May 2018

As avid sports fans and proud sponsors of Women’s National Basketball League Team, Oaklands Wolves, here at Berry Recruitment, we think business teams can learn a few tricks from teams in the sporting world. Here are our top tips for success:

Success in sport is greatly attributed to the amount of time athletes dedicate to planning and preparing prior to the ‘doing’. Athletes can spend up to 90% of their career preparing, versus 10% actually playing their chosen sport.

In business it is easy to obsess over the need to be ‘doing’ before thoroughly completing the preparation process. Take the time to plan, and explore ideas to increase your chances of achieving the desired outcomes.

Teammates, like workmates, always share a common goal. Sport is a perfect example of how a group of people with the same objective can group together and function soundly, regardless of one another’s varied personalities and skill sets. 

A team should form a healthy environment where workmates trust and challenge one another to execute their role, whilst also holding one another accountable when the dynamics may be lacking.

Never fear failure. In sport, failure is inevitable, there is no athlete in the world that has never lost a game, missed a shot, or made a bad decision. It is a part of life that leads to improvement in the future. Having the resilience to get back up and try again after failure, is the difference between the good and the great, so keep at it!

Knowing your role
The best part about having diversity on any team is that each member has a unique skill set. If teammates understand their own as well as each other’s strengths and weaknesses, it creates a chemistry that makes them very hard to beat.

The same is true in the workplace. Be sure to take advantage of your strengths and use them in conjunction with your colleagues', to best reach the overall business goal.

Receptiveness to Criticism 
Athletes are constantly subject to assessment and criticism throughout their career. Many coaches require their players to undergo testing, analyze statistics, or even watch film on their performance in order to instruct them how to improve. 

As a result, sportspeople are regularly exposed to negative feedback of which they readily accept with the aim of bettering themselves and perfecting their performance.

In a business, feedback is constantly being provided to you whether it emanates from customers, bosses, or coworkers. So, train yourself to be able to handle criticism, listen and act upon it.

5 Sporting Lessons That Aid Success in Business