Whenever we can, Team Ace Concepts applies a sports mentality to the way we do business. There are many important leadership qualities that our team members have picked up from both playing and watching sports, and we find it fun to think of our work in terms that athletes understand as well.
Another benefit of this analogy is that new team members with an athletic background will immediately understand the value of certain Ace Concepts ideals if we can put them in sports terms first. For example, when we say innovation is important to us because it helps us find creative solutions in the marketplace, a novice associate might not understand exactly what that means. However, when we talk about how athletes come up with little tweaks here and there to improve their performance on game day, and that this is the kind of innovation we look for in the office every day, we know we’re getting our message across.
Sports analogies make explaining executive skills like goal setting easier too. When an athlete has a big game or race coming up they don’t just wait for that day to come around — they work backwards from the big day, coming up with quarterly, monthly, weekly, and even daily milestones that will get them from where they are today to where they want to be. Earning promotions, raises, and company trips works exactly the same way.
Thinking like an athlete is a great way to succeed in our business. Follow Ace Concepts on LinkedIn to see how your sports background might make you a perfect fit for our team.