Motivational Monday...Good Sportsmanship
You can always count on sports and athletics to provide analogies for many of life’s lessons or inspiring moments.
Good sportsmanship goes beyond the game; it starts with respect. Tommy Hilfiger
This past week a pro-NFL player showed the world that you can have all of the talent and skills in the world but it won’t make up for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Years ago my top producer in the placement company that I managed was a good example of that. There was no doubt that she worked hard to get the numbers she did however there were some things she did that were ethically questionable.
This was a toxic element in my group of extraordinary consultants. No matter what her production level was, to me it was at the cost of loss of respect from my consultants for me as well as a loss of their production because of the work environment. The win at all costs mentality is overrated unless you are fighting for your life or the life of others.
If someone on your team is like the proverbial rotten apple and might cost you more than you gain by their presence, consider the good old Eject button!
Good sportsmanship isn’t about how fast you can run or how many passes you catch. It’s not just about getting the most listings in your area or having the highest number of closings.
It’s about your respect for the other players on your team...respect for your profession...and respect for yourself.
I got a lot of the greatest values in life from playing sports, from playing football - teamwork, sportsmanship, my work ethic, resiliency, dedication - I got it all by being on a team. Jon Gruden*
Just for fun...I love Mark Twain’s humor…
It's good sportsmanship to not pick up lost golf balls while they are still rolling. Mark Twain
*Very timely quote considering the author and his connection to the subject of this post.