Jocks on the Job
Anita Sharpe on Business
The October issue of Psychology Today (on newsstands but not yet on the web) takes an interesting look at companies that use athletes and sports-inspired programs to fire up employees to sell more, work harder and, by gosh, BE CONFIDENT.
Does it work? Not particularly, concludes the author, Steve Salerno.
'Athletes walk with pride because they have specific competencies: the ability to run faster than most other humans, to return a serve that's boring in at 110 mph or to hit a 5-inch sphere over a 30-foot wall that's 400 feet away,' Salerno writes.
Among the people he interviews is Benjamin Dattner, an adjunct professor of organizational development at New York University, who notes that Tiger Woods is such a perfectionist, he makes his own bed when he travels. 'But that same focus that makes him a perfectionist might make it difficult for him to be a manager, or even be very adaptable, in a corporate environment.'