What can a college basketball coach learn from a high school football coach? Better yet, what can an MBA learn from a high school dropout? Perspective.
Everyone has experiences and knowledge unique to their life. Whether as a consumer or producer, as an owner or employee, living in different areas, reading different books and the list goes on. Two people doing the same thing may have completely different perspectives of the experience.
If you find yourself in a room in which you think there is no opportunity to learn, don’t look for a new room; try to see the room from a different perspective. Maybe you don’t see the opportunities in front of you. Maybe you are not looking for new ideas and knowledge. Maybe you are looking for affirmations. The greatest treasures are often found in the least likely places. If your eyes are closed you might miss them.
So what can a college basketball coach learn from a high school football coach? If that college basketball coach is struggling with how to inspire their college players maybe the high school football coach can share a better perspective on what high school players are seeking at the college level. Maybe the college coach is so accustomed to dealing with other college coaches and players that they have lost perspective on issues. How about the MBA and the high school dropout? The MBA had the opportunity to develop their skills in a classroom while the high school dropout developed their skills on the street. Who holds the greater knowledge in building vendor relationships? Who holds the greater knowledge on employee expectations? Who most likely understands more about the average consumer?