Sport is teeming with awards and accolades that identify great feats and traits undertaken by players in the field, and with finals season upon us, there is an emphasis on extraordinary sportsmanship and fair play. Much like end of year performance reviews, the end of sporting seasons are a time used for calling out favourable qualities in players and teams, and those that can guarantee long and fruitful careers in the industry.
So, with that in mind, here are three tips to being the best and fairest in your very own league:
- Best on ground. Being best on ground in the workplace is not just about impressing a colleague or boss once, or nailing the delivery of a project on a single occasion - it’s about being prepared and engaged consistently. Just like awards nights, think Brownlow Medal, which takes into consideration player’s actions and contributions over the whole season, so too does the workplace, and praise will be given accordingly.
- Play to your strengths. Understanding your strengths and weaknesses is crucial in all aspects of work, just as it is on the sporting field. Knowing what you can do best, and when, let’s others know what responsibilities they should take on too. It gives an indication to the team of how tasks should be delegated, and how resources should be allocated. So if you work better independently, or might struggle with that strict deadline – call it! It’s the same on ground; if you’re in the back line then you work with team mates to defend, protect and support, and if you’re a forward you’re likely a goal kicker, leading the project and achieving set targets.
- Keep your eye on the ball. The ability to keep you and your team focussed on important goals and projects will ensure that they remain motivated throughout the process, and don’t (proverbially) drop the ball. When people know what they’re working on and towards, they also apply themselves and do their best work.
When it’s understood that work, achievements, and positivity are shared between the team, it’s also easier to comprehend losses. When united, improvements can be made, and lessons can be learned by the group as a whole, and for the long term betterment.
Being best on ground in the workplace is not just about impressing a colleague or boss once, or nailing the delivery of a project on a single occasion - it’s about being prepared and engaged consistently.