19. Play your career game like a tennis pro: What we can learn from watching high-performance sports.

In this episode, I’ll be sharing with you my observations of high-performance individuals – in this case high-ranking tennis players – and their teams – in this case coaches, family, doctors, physios – and draw learnings and ideas we can use in managing our careers and getting ready for job hunting and career progression.

I believe we can learn my observing, and not just by reading books or going to school. High-performance research studies, high-performing individuals and teams have been topics I am interested for over 15 years. I started paying more attention to sports performance when I was writing my Honours thesis and noticed a link in the bibliographical references in papers I was reading: management and psychology literature were referencing papers from sports and health journals.

The more I read, the more fascinated I became about using the learnings usually applied for high performance tasks and activities - such as sports, defence, space travel - and applying it to highly stressful, endurance type career situations we face so often, but we just don’t realize they are indeed a) competitive in nature and b) endurance events that require strategic planning and team support.

This episode was first aired as a Facebook Live Video during the 2020 Australian Open, which is held in Melbourne every January. If you have been following me, it will come as no surprise to you that I really enjoy watching tennis, and I have many times made analogies between the game of tennis and job hunting. I analyze many traits, behaviors and strategies the players and their teams adopted, and which in my view are strongly correlated with their success, or failure.

I hope you enjoy listening to this episode; look out for another great one coming up next week!

Bye for now

RB

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