Motivational Monday...Good Sportsmanship

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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 teamstarts 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. 

 

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Hi Kathy,
I am sorry to see Brown not have to be held accountable for his actions. It's a bad message. I have no respect for those who harbor the "winning at any cost" attitude.  It doesn't create respect for the player or the team... but they've shown that side of themselves in the past, too.

Sep 09, 2019 08:11 AM #9
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R-E-S-P-E-C-T is the only way to live successfully. Accountability is the source of success and one is never too old to admit they did wrong and take the consequences.  Nepotism doesn't help anyone. 

Sep 09, 2019 09:39 AM #10
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Hi Katjhy I just happened to hear about this guy being ejected this morning. A well respected player on the team who picked the other guy up pretty much said, we have rules and he'll abide by them. We'll see.

Sep 09, 2019 10:35 AM #11
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Good afternoon Kathy Streib - top performance that is toxic is not top performance at all. 

Sep 09, 2019 12:01 PM #12
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Barbara Todaro I saw it on Facebook and thank you!  That one really made me laugh. 

Donald Urschalitz that's why some football and other teams are so successful.

Michael Jacobs succinct and to the point and I agree.

Sep 09, 2019 12:22 PM #13
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Wayne Martin, I agree but when you consider the team...well, we're not surprised. 

Nina Hollander it's one of the pleasures as we grow older...we don't have to be around people like that.

 

Sep 09, 2019 12:24 PM #14
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Lottie Kendall wouldn't it be nice if we really could have an eject button. 

Whoa Brian England that's really saying something. 

I agree Ron and Alexandra Seigel we all smile in our hearts when we see that happen. 

Sep 09, 2019 12:27 PM #15
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Carol Williams my sentiments exactly. Yesterday on FOX NFL, Coach Johnson said the same thing...he doesn't like to see bad deeds get rewarded. 

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP and there were so many players I saw yesterday who exhibited true professionalism and sportsmanship. 

Sep 09, 2019 12:29 PM #16
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Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886 Coach B does have his rules so no matter how good you are, he'll fine or bench you. Let's see what happens. 

absolutely right Grant Schneider Personally, I'm tired of some of the overpaid professionals out there. 

Sep 09, 2019 12:32 PM #17
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Kathy I had a Loan Originator who worked for me who thought nothing about stealing a loan from another Loan Originator.  I caught him a number of times, and in the end we had to end the relationship.  Being competitive is one thing, being dishonest is another and unacceptable.

Sep 09, 2019 01:11 PM #18
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Hi Kathy,

Rotten apples need to go!  

Sep 09, 2019 01:28 PM #19
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My kids weren't really into team sports.  They were competitive swimmers.  Yet, there was a strong team camaraderie.

Sep 09, 2019 03:21 PM #20
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I loved the Mark Twain quote.

Sep 09, 2019 04:57 PM #21
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 John Gruden might want to work on his personality also. Your post really made me think today Kathy Streib 

Sep 09, 2019 05:07 PM #22
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Morning Kathy.

Well I  guess I'm the only one who doesn't know what sportsman you are talking about.  Anyway, maybe I'll see it on TV today

Sep 10, 2019 01:48 AM #23
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Hee I love the Mark Twain quote about not picking up rolling golf balls!

Sep 10, 2019 06:44 AM #24
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Thank you very much, Kathy, for sharing your excellent selection of quotes.

Sep 10, 2019 12:20 PM #25
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Never underestimate the power of shooting somebody on with all that they do. :)

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Roy Kelley Sports have a lot of metaphors going out of them all at once about most aspects of life and it’s great! :)

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This post brings to my memory the quote "team work makes the dream work". Many times in life just like in sports we have common goals that are easier reached by working together. Kathy Streib you have challenged us to think about the way we treat our teammates (family, friends, partners, cowokers, ect.) and consider the difference it might make in our success and our relationships.

Sep 11, 2019 12:19 PM #28
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