Every year, in late August, the Little League World Series presents outstanding examples of athletic competition, drama, the amazing talent of 11 and 12-year-old players from around the world, and sportsmanship at the highest level. Interestingly, behind the on-the-field performances, there are some fascinating lessons for teams and team leaders in other settings. There’s even a good message for job seekers on effectively presenting their team accomplishments on their resumes, LinkedIn profiles, and during interviews. Related: How To Boost Office Teamwork Through Team Sports This insightful perspective comes from a source that is a little surprising: the rules of Little League Baseball. In most organizations, the “rules” are often the constraints the irritate employees – and lead to “discipline” if they’re broken. Human Resources may love rules, but they frequently don’t even understand the difference between policies – which can be “broken” – and rules – which should never be broken. Is there an employee or customer anywhere that hasn’t run into the dreadful “it’s just policy?” Yet, for most people there’s an environment where rules are not only tolerated, they’re recognized as critical to success. In the world of games, there are rules that have defined the very nature of the game and its success:
- “Go Directly to Jail – Do Not Collect $200” in Monopoly
- Queen of Spades in “Hearts”
- “No Trump” in Bridge
- Starters can re-enter.
- Multiple positions
- A player may pitch a maximum of six innings per week.
- Designated runner (Once per inning/Once per player)
- Everybody must play – everybody must bat.