As a young programmer, I heard a lot of sports analogies. The GM was an avid baseball fan. The consultant loved football. The VP of programming played a lot of tennis. In every meeting, where I was often the only woman, I sat through not one, but three, different sports analogies.
Now with my son playing hockey, I use the occasional sports analogy myself.
Sports teams are like morning shows — a group of people with different skills and varying levels of experience and confidence, matched together to achieve something greater than any of them can achieve individually. This Fast Company article, Talent Doesn’t Explain Why The Patriots and Eagles Made It to the Superbowl, is a good read. My takeaways:
- Identify the specific skills that each person contributes to the team — strengths, weaknesses, and responsibilities.
- Have confidence in your ability based on past successes. [Celebrate often.]
- Don’t rely on one player to carry the team.