Each year, I anxiously await the beginning of April since it brings with it the start of baseball season. My PTO for Opening Day is submitted months in advance, and I have an app on my phone that counts down to when the gates at Globe Life Park will open again.
As a devoted Texas Rangers fan, I was thrilled when our company decided to embark on a team outing to a Rangers game on June 22. Our opponent: the Toronto Blue Jays. Even better? We got tickets in the Cholula Porch section, where all-you-can-eat hot dogs, nachos, popcorn and other snacks were ours for the taking.
After reflecting on our victory (four home runs in one game!) back at the office, I couldn’t help but notice the business lessons we could learn from the Texas Rangers.
- Celebrate even the small wins: Whether it’s a single, sacrifice fly or grand slam, players are quick to pat each other on the bat for their efforts. In business, it’s easy to be focused on those big, lofty goals you set for yourself, but make time to celebrate the small wins: positive feedback from a client, the completion of a project or getting out of your comfort zone are all reason enough to partake in a Gatorade bath—or whatever the equivalent of that for you might be.
- Stick by your team: It doesn’t matter if they are rallying around third base coach Tony Beasley as he battled cancer or backing up fellow teammates in the rare baseball brawl, the Texas Rangers have each other’s backs. While it’s important to grow as a team and accept different opinions and perspectives, it’s equally as important to recognize and believe in the strengths each person on your team brings to the table. When your company is filled with people who will go to bat for each other, a sense of camaraderie is established that makes work all the more enjoyable.
- Make it fun: Walk-up songs, team traditions and harmless pranks are just a few ways the Texas Rangers keep things light around the clubhouse. At Marketwave, we make sure to carve out time to kick back—from our annual tailgate parties and Easter egg hunts to volunteer opportunities and trips to the state fair. The result? A recharged, close-knit group of people with many memories to share and stories to tell.
Like the Texas Rangers, your year will likely be filled with ups and downs. But when you take the time to appreciate the journey your team is on together, you’ll grow stronger as a group, learn from the losses and see some fireworks along the way.