Players: How team sports can get you a promotion

I was invited to take to the stage at the Stylist Live Festival at Kensington Olympia, not for my fashion sense, instead for my understanding of team sports and careers.  

For the benefit of all, here is the headline summary and links to the resources I mentioned in the talk.

Talk theme

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Players: How team sports can get you a promotion

After committing to a personal challenge of 52 sporting challenges in 52 weeks, Annie's community inspired initiative, Exerk, was born in 2015. Now launching Team52 a challenge platform to rally a team to discover, commit and plan awesome adventures, she also organises the 24-7 30-day long London relay (a mass participation event involving 10k loops around London), Annie has become an expert on health & wellbeing - as well as the hidden benefits of playing team sports.  


What we can learn from team sports for our careers

  1. Goal setting & focus

    • Set fewer goals, but make them important and clear

    • Define, assign and refine roles, responsibilities and what success looks like

  2. Communication & feedback

    • Look at how athletes seek critique to improve

    • Take setbacks less personally

  3. Share in personal & team triumph

    • Get the ball rolling, find a balance between collaboration and competition - start praising good work publicly

    • Look at how team sports, after a goal, regroup and walk back to the centre as a team, congratulating, commiserating, celebrating, preparing for the next round

  4. Stress management & setting boundaries

    • Play! Play team sports for headspace, as part of a bigger cause and to cut off from work

    • Use your commitment to your team to practice setting boundaries for yourself from work

  5. Assertiveness & perseverance

    • Practice assertiveness in a game situation, against opponents or in your communication with teammates

    • Persevere with your goals, take on feedback, manage stress and focus

 

How to get started with team sports

Make up your own rules

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 The challenge platform to rally a team to discover, commit and plan awesome adventures.  Team-52.com .  @team52challenge

The challenge platform to rally a team to discover, commit and plan awesome adventures. Team-52.com. @team52challenge

 Play your part in the world’s biggest relay team.  Londonrelay.co.uk .  @thelondonrelay

Play your part in the world’s biggest relay team. Londonrelay.co.uk. @thelondonrelay

 Team sports network - beginners to advanced in basketball, netball, dodgeball, football and loads more.  Gomammoth.co.uk

Team sports network - beginners to advanced in basketball, netball, dodgeball, football and loads more. Gomammoth.co.uk

 Playground games for adults.  Joinrabble.com

Playground games for adults. Joinrabble.com

 Find your running buddies.  Mycrew.com

Find your running buddies. Mycrew.com

 

What to think about when choosing your team

In work or play

  • Convenience

  • People you want to spend time with

  • Having fun and feeling energised

In conclusion…

…whether you choose to try out a team sport or not, do pause to appreciate how the highly effective mechanism that team sports use to frame the journey to success. If you manage people, work in a performance review structure, deliver on deadlines and projects, can feel overwhelmed or feel like you’re not achieving your potential, each of the points above respectively address those.

A sports strategy is too relevant to our careers to be relegated to men and the pitch alone. A team sports mentality is for all of us.

Annabel Ross