One of the most frequently used types of analogies employed to frame business in more palatable terms is to draw similarities with the world of sports and athletics. There, the logic postulates, something complex and ostensibly opaque can be imparted to someone in a more digestible manner, allowing them to grasp and take advantage of the information contained therein.
Oftentimes, however, these wisdoms are confined to individual attributes such as “drive” or “perseverance,” or to reliably flexible understandings of ideas like teamwork and selflessness. In other words, the comparisons are facile but fundamentally figurative.
As someone who spent a significant portion of his life as a top-level competitive athlete, rising through high school, collegiate and professional football, Fort Worth YMCA’s Chief Human Resources (HR) Officer Ken Reeves has a keen understanding of the literal functions within a team structure.