Sports topics and stories provide good talking points and conversation material just in the story itself. But sports stories can also provide an easy entry into larger conversations and discussions.
For example, Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe lashed out at fellow players via Twitter this week calling them selfish and greedy. His comments created quite a stir and came without having all the information. That story in and of itself is enough to talk about, but what if you think about it in the context of your workplace and your colleagues. How do you feel about someone publically lashing out at a colleague? What is the policy of your company when it comes to conflict resolution with a co-worker or supervisor? How would rectify the situation?
Maybe you haven’t had to deal with a situation like this, and in that case, you can use the story to get ahead of the situation and layout the groundwork and your expectations.
It’s another way talking sporty helps build stronger relationships and more productive workplaces.
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