Try different sports terms to boost performance
If you like sports metaphors, don’t use only those that mean something to you.
Many managers pepper their speeches and pep talks
with sports language: hitting a home run, holding
the line, or throwing a Hail Mary. If you like sports
metaphors, don’t use only those that mean something
to you. Instead, as you get to know employees,
find out where their individual sports passions
(if any) lie. Then switch out the generic references
for terms that will have specific meaning for, say,
NASCAR fans or horse-racing aficionados as well
as your baseball or football junkies.
—Adapted from the Edward Lowe Foundation website
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