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Watching yourself play in business: a good habit to start early #mejane

Nadine Nicholson - Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Watching yourself play in business: a good habit to start early #mejane

Recently, I found myself face-to-face with Jesse Barfield, one of the best outfielders to play the game of professional baseball.

My son is an avid baseball player. He loves the game and plays it year-round.

In Canada, we have one major league baseball team, the Toronto Blue Jays.

Every summer some of the retired professional stars lead a summer baseball camp in various cities across Canada.

Last week, they hosted the camp in our area and my son got to go.

While the kids were warming up, Jesse Barfield led a question and answer session for the parents.

He said we could ask him anything about him, our kids or the game about baseball.

At first there was silence.

I thought to myself, wow this is an amazing opportunity. What do I want to ask him?

My arm shot up and he took my question.

“In your opinion, what is a good habit to start early?”

He paused, reflected for a few moments and shared his advice:

“Kids cannot see themselves play. I suggest they watch video recordings of themselves actually playing the game, so they can actually see and learn from themselves.”

This really got me thinking.

Let’s bring this back to you in your business.

In a similar vein, it can be difficult to see yourself “play” in business.

One of my mentors often says: “You cannot see your own eyebrows.”

Another shared: “You are so close to your own ‘tree’ that you cannot possibly see what’s all around you.”

Are you creating ways to see yourself play, so you can learn from it?

What are some ways you could do this? Here are a few ideas.

  • Hire a coach to help you see what you cannot see.
  • Ask your clients for feedback. What do you they like best? What would they like more of?
  • Do some role-playing with a coach or someone you trust to be objective.
  • If you record your client service delivery, listen to the replay and learn from it.
What other ideas do you have?

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What did you take away from this article? What are some ideas to see yourself “play” the game of business? Please share a quick comment below and share an idea or two.