December 18, 2006

NFL Coaches, CEOs, and VCs Take a Lesson from Your Kids

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We Learned How Business Works When We Were Five Years Old

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I was re-reading “The E-Myth Revisited” last night. It reminded me of a book I read in 1989, called, “The Game of Work.” Both got me thinking about how the idea of work is so much more important than the task at hand. Those thoughts took me to jobs I had, the work I do, and the games I played as a kid.

I looked around at the world and found that everything that is hugely, remarkably successful has the same things that make it work as our back yard games did.

That’s why experts call play the “work of childhood.” It’s true.

So, let’s get playing.

–ME “Liz” Strauss
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6 Comments to “NFL Coaches, CEOs, and VCs Take a Lesson from Your Kids”

  1. December 18th, 2006 at 3:26 pm
    Mike said


    This article (and the links) was the perfect tonic for a dreary Monday morning!



  2. December 18th, 2006 at 4:11 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Mike,
    Thanks! I had another one written, but this one told me it was the one that needed to be here today. :)

  3. December 18th, 2006 at 7:41 pm
    Mike said


    You really ARE inside my computer! WOW! 😉


  4. December 18th, 2006 at 7:52 pm
    ME Strauss said

    I know it takes a little getting used to . . . :)

  5. December 19th, 2006 at 9:30 am
    Tamara said

    This is further proof to me of just how bad my last company was.

    “The owner might change the rules in his favor” — Check. See entire upper management structure. See our 401k and our bonus structure for the last two years.

    “Everyone wanted to be the king in the drama or the sheriff in the western” — Check. See too many colleagues squabbling for promotions and new (higher) positions that didn’t exist yet and weren’t (probably) even a glimmer in management’s eye.

    “…it was chaos when kids would get “shot” and refuse to stay dead…” — Check. See co-workers who just didn’t know when to back down, or did but didn’t give a crap.

    “Playing baseball was no fun when we argued about what was a fair ball and was what out or even worse, where the bases were.” — Check. See our ENTIRE organizational culture. See departments who changed processes without communicating said changes to the other groups they worked with. See managers who changed departmental goals without communicating them. See co-workers who hoarded info on the grounds that it made them more valuable when people had to come looking for it, when they were able to ride in and save the day.

    Gees, I’m glad to be out of there.

  6. December 19th, 2006 at 10:05 am
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Tamara,
    Thanks for hearing and seeing the metaphor. That’s exactly what I was talking about. I ‘ve been in a company just like yours only the player’s names were different.

    Totally no fun, totally not about moving forward. Most of the time I felt like I was speaking in tongues.

    When you look at the door and think of an other job and the feeling you get is one of relief . . . that’s when you know you’re in the wrong place for sure.

    Thanks so much for showing how the whole thing applies to real life!!

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