The contact sport of business

Have you ever played a match of contact sport? Felt the adrenaline racing through your veins? The flurry of emotions and action. Have you noticed the reserves or injured players on the bench are never as enthused as those on the field/court/pitch? You can easily see where they’d rather be.

Business is a contact sport too. There are no accolades or victory for those on the sidelines or the bench. You have to engage, be present, follow the play, support your team, use your skills, take opportunities when you see them, accept some hard knocks and some unfair calls, show courage and most of all turn up – all of you – the best version of you.

Some say it’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game. I’m sorry, losing sucks. Bruce Lee said “if you shoot for the moon, even if you miss, you’ll land amongst the stars”. If you aim for mediocrity, you’ll probably get it – don’t you want more though? Don’t you, deep down, want to win? Have a hunger to win and demonstrate your awesomeness?

If as a leader, you aren’t doing these things, it ‘s time to stop, reflect and ask for help. Not just for your own sake. For the people you lead.