With the hotly anticipated Lions Squad announcement being made this week, I’m not going to miss an opportunity to talk about rugby – at least in part. I have grown-up watching rugby on TV and in-person and I think that it is a great sport, with a huge amount of respect between players, coaches, officials, management; the list goes on. This is, of course, not exclusive to rugby. As a netballer and a recent convert to Aussie Rules Football, I have always loved being part of a team and working with people to reach a common goal (pardon the pun!)
The qualities of a sports player are, I believe, transferrable to many areas of life, and the business world is no different. England Rugby Coach, Eddie Jones, has just been employed by Japanese bank, Nomura in an advisory role. He has been tasked with presenting insights from his coaching career to not only the bank’s clients, but also senior leadership within the bank to better engage staff and get the most out of employees.
A sports’ player’s attributes are of course not exclusive to them – rather, sport offers a different approach. Teamwork generally equips people to be better at taking criticism, and make an individual better at knowing how to influence others. Similarly, people that do more individual sports, such as swimming and skiing, are often more driven thanks to only having themselves to rely on; no one else can do it for you. All of these are of course transferrable, and for obvious reasons can be an asset to any workplace.
Insights on self-starting, being driven and taking criticism, are all things that I imagine Eddie Jones will advise senior leadership on at Nomura. Encouraging these traits developed by sport, along with a mix of other characters in an organisation can encourage a better sense of unity and understanding within a company.
Do your sporting activities influence you at work? We’d love to hear how sports and exercise help you in your professional life, please share your thoughts with us in the comments below.