I’ve covered plenty of “ugly” or “lucky” wins during my 16-year sports broadcasting career. Every time I go into a locker room or clubhouse after every single one of those games the guys will say, “A win is a win.” It doesn’t matter what the score is, as long as they got the win.
Are they disappointed they didn’t score more points or perform at a higher level? Perhaps. But they also know how to measure success. A win is a win. You don’t get bonus points for style on a pass/fail test.
In business I see way too many people aiming for style points on pass/fail occasions. You have to know how to balance time and resources against outcome you’re trying to achieve.
Here’s what I mean, I write a lot of scripts and produce a lot of content in my role as a sports producer and reporter. Sometimes the goal is just getting a story on the air, which means cranking out a story in 20 minutes. Other times, I’m working on long-range projects that require more detail and get more production value and more airtime. I can’t spend the same amount of time and resources on every single story. I’ll blow through my resources (i.e. overwork or frustrate the people around me.)
To be a good leader, you need to understand when an assignment requires more resources and when it’s a matter of just getting the job done. (By the way, you don’t have to be in a leadership role to apply this thinking.)
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Jen Mueller, America’s Expert Talker, is the sideline radio reporter for the Seattle Seahawks and a member of the Seattle Mariners television broadcast. She founded Talk Sporty to Me in 2009 and advocates using sports as a business tool.