February 21; Athletes In Action
MANAGEMENT BY THE BOOK:
365 Daily Bible Verse &
One-Minute Management Lessons For The Busy Faithful

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21 February

Leave them; they are blind guides.

If the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.

Matthew 15:14

Athletes In Action

Perception

If you are a manager it is likely you have been under the influence…of sports.

Your Business Professor  on Right (without the ball)

Your Business Professor
on Right (without the ball)

Anyone who has ever played in any sport at any level knows well that competition has a guarantee: humiliation. Somebody, some team will lose. Yes, we love the winner. And we need to hire them. But maybe we should consider more “losers.” Nothing so clarifies character as not winning. The pain of losing makes the competitor learn more and see more.

Winning doesn’t make you better. Losing does.

Those who don’t care for sports discount this experience. They just don’t see it.

Theologian Michael Novak writes,

I have never met a person who disliked sports-who did not at the same time seem to me deficient in humanity.

I don’t mean only that all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, or Jill a dull Ms. I mean that a quality of sensitivity, an organ of perception, an access to certain significant truths appear to be missing.

Such persons seem to me a danger to civilization.

I do not, on the whole, like to work with them. In their presence, I find myself on guard, often unconsciously. (Novak 1976)

Because the anti-athlete has a blindness. They often fail to appreciate that truths are discovered and life-lessons learned when a play is broken-up.

It almost seems that Matthew knows that the sports-hater should not be assigned a leadership role and not be followed, Leave them; they are blind guides. If the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.

The athlete has an understanding of putting points on a scoreboard and should be first among equal candidates to be hired.

Even if he did not always win.

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