One of the biggest benefits for sports or activity-based organisations is that they are run by passionate people…
…One of the biggest challenges for sports or activity-based organisations is that they are run by passionate people.
WTF? Well, with passion often comes eye blinkers!
Here is what I mean: Many racehorse trainers commonly put blinkers on their horses to keep them from being distracted or spooked, especially on crowded city streets. Same can be said about a passionate business owner, or a sports organisation run by volunteers, former athletes and dedicated members.
A distraction or being spooked, could very easily be a concept from someone else that has not been on the radar of said passionate person thus, it is dismissed as not worthy, not what they were thinking, too out there or the two big ones: not what we have always done or, I tried that, it did not work.
We do not know, what we do not know and there is no stupid idea, until it is a stupid idea! Passion is great; but take the blinkers off!
I know! I have been there. I have had the passion (I still have the passion) and apparently, my direction is clearly the right direction, right?
Wrong! To ensure your activity, your sport, your business, is not doing harm to your customer experience, or cutting short opportunities for your members; leaders must be able to adapt, be flexible, look at everything with an open mind, and above all else, allow ideas to enter.
Remember, there is no stupid idea, until it is a stupid idea! A concept from another place, or an idea re-birthed from something tried years ago or a new way of thinking is not a threat to your passion, it is an enhancement!
Listen, embrace and analyse! Open your mind, think strategically, pull new concepts apart and put them back together. Not everything is a summer’s day, but do not, not ever think that your passionate views are the only passionate views.