Communication at work: Sports analogies

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BREWSTER WHITECAPS — The flyball goes deep into centre-right field. Two guys run for it. Just at the last second one drop to his knees and almost upends his team-mate… who catches the ball. Play made.

Two innings later, same team. Centre-left. Two men stand and watch the ball fall between them.

It can go either way. Same players both times. And it happens all the time, at work, with our internal communications. We bump into each other. We look away at the wrong time and things fall between us.

There’s no telling who or what kind of people make these mistakes. We’ve got all kinds at the Cape Cod Baseball League game too. Just ahead of me is a chunky, red-headed dad who won’t stop spitting sunflower seeds unto his young son. Beside him is an older couple who have brought their own crackers and paté spread. All in ziplock bags and wicker baskets.

So, the point is, that yes, everyone is different, but our choices at work are pretty straight-forward. Either you communicate properly.. and you catch the ball, or you don’t… and things fall down.

And, of course, everyone lives to see a winning team.

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