We can’t help it, sports analogies are part of the American DNA of story-telling.
I find it humorous when the reporter interviews the basketball coach at half time, and they basically say the same thing every time:
“We need to take better care of the ball. We need to make our passes, get the rebound, and make our shots.”
Great coaches will go beyond that. They give tangible input in context. They allow the lieutenants do the same. Then before breaking, they ask the players themselves for feedback before driving home the overall message.
“Git where you need to git. Take pride in every possession.” – Pat Summitt
What are you doing in your business or nonprofit to take care of it, defend it, and take pride in every activity? Are you allowing feedback? Take care of the ball!