Learn from yesterday to prepare for today.....


Whatever games you play, work you do, or news you read is always different from one day to the next.  Sometimes things are related, but most represent a new set of circumstances. Like many, my family and I have favorite restaurants that we go back to repeatedly: most of the time the dishes are prepared the same, but sometimes they’re not; the people working there are usually the same, but some days they’re on top of their game, and sometimes they’re not. So, I’m thinking: business people use so many examples from sports to reference how they want employees to behave and perform, but they don’t often enough emulate the playbooks that are used and the endless practices that are run to try and get the consistent performance from their employees that coaches get from their players. Effective leaders, like good coaches, keep their people ready by continuously going over standards and expectations, giving lots of feedback, and keeping everyone focused. Remember: great employees, like championship athletes, never take their eye off the ball, or standards, or goals. Use what you learned from yesterday’s game to be at the top of your game today.

Walter Wellesley "Red" Smith (1905 – 1982): Pulitzer Prize-winning American sportswriter