In the past few years Sean has played on a couple of sports teams. He played baseball for a couple of seasons and now he’s playing soccer.
What I have observed in watching Sean play soccer and baseball is that team sports are the precursor to working in an office. You’ve got the same cast of characters, only in miniature. Basically the nose picker and whiner and the kid who just lies down in the outfield grow up to get jobs. So we make Sean play sports, not for the exercise, but to develop his interpersonal office skills.
In sports and at the office, there is always someone who thrives on drama; every minor scrape is life threatening. Their dream is to be carried off on a stretcher.
There is also someone who is constantly kissing up to management – they live to report every minor foul and inequity.
There is the dude who always shows up about half way through the game but takes full credit/commission for the win/sale.
Then there is Mr. Chatty Pants who is like a gnat buzzing around your head. He likes to chat you up while you are trying to keep your eye on the ball. And then in the name of teamwork, he takes credit for the goal you scored.
And many others.
I worked in a number of different offices back in the 70s and 80s and in all honesty, I didn’t do very well. I never seemed to be able to figure out how to navigate office politics and personalities.
Had I played soccer when I was growing up, I might be a CEO now instead of a blogger.