Team Sports in Business

The sport of business. How sports and business play together.¬†A look at Big business and SME’s playing the same sportūüŹĀ ¬†Every star started as a student and eventually built an empire with the right team, at the right time, with the right product/service.

teamwork BB

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).

Talent, teamwork, intelligence wins

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)

The success of Teamwork

Roles and responsibilities

– everyone knows their position (importance), responsibilities, and commitment to playing the sport

– admitting weaknesses, knowing their strengths.

True teams

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.

Play-together Teamwork

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.

РThere 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.

Р 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.

РExperienced and qualified staff who go unnoticed and are never allowed to climb the ladder.

we are a team

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.

Together MT

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.

3 thoughts on “Team Sports in Business

  1. I always use the baseball analogy when describing how Timereaction and team collaboration differs from “traditional” task management.

    I always describe the batter as being assigned the “task” of hitting the ball, but in today’s’ world of collaboration there is the runner at 1st base, the next batter on deck, and the coach, all dependent on the batter. There are 3 other people dependent on the task of the batter hitting the ball, so in my opinion “tasks” are ineffective and isolated in the world of collaboration.


    1. Appreciate your comparison to baseball, agree the batter has the “task” (objective) of hitting the ball. Weather they are first up or have men on base. The pressure will change with the score, the next batter, the number of strikes, the number of outs, etc, that apply to this particular sport.

      The GM, Coach, and training staff all play a part of the bigger picture, which can dictate the batter order, and the politics of the sport. I believe everyone (the team) is dependent on the ball being hit out of the park or getting a run or three. The next batter on deck will have the added pressure if that player moved a base or three and the score is close.

      In regards to “tasks” (objectives) being ineffective and isolated, I would disagree as in every sport (business) you need to know who you playing against. The SWOT analysis of their business (team), understanding how everyone shares responsibilities (collaboration) and the ultimate goal of winning the game or enjoying the experience as a team.


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