THE BOTTOM LINE
Pre-season is over. Now the games count.
Often the world of sports can provide insights that
are helpful to those of us who toil away in the world of
business. The common threads cover everything from teamwork to
leadership, individual performance, outstanding achievement, innovation
and adaptation. And then there’s revenue, expense, loss
and brand equity. Basically, it goes on and on.
So, as we watch the annual CFL season move from pre-season
to the real thing, we can’t help but see what business learnings will
flow from the gridiron.
This is especially true in Saskatchewan in a year where the leadership
has changed. There’s always a new vision with a new head
coach. And tone, as they say, is set at the top. We will see how the
Craig Dickenson era will vary from the Chris Jones regime as he
fields a team with his stamp on it.
It’s hard not to see the parallels between the arrival of football’s
regular season and the summer construction season. Behind us are
BY PAUL MARTIN, MARTIN CHARLTON COMMUNICATIONS
Welcome to Roader Nation
the tooling, retooling, planning, proposal writing, maintenance, financial
analysis and training. No, this is execution mode.
And while the construction industry doesn’t have a stadium filled
with cheering fans to spur it on, it has thousands upon thousands of
vehicles filled with drivers and passengers equally vocal about the
condition of the road surface. Who, do you suppose, earned more
jeers in the last decade – a Roughriders quarterback or the highway
And while they might have a few words about delays, detours
and construction zones, it is clear that Saskatchewan residents
– who drive more than any other citizen of this country – have
a powerful relationship with both their football team and those
charged with creating and maintaining the most extensive road
network in Canada.
Rider Pride and Road Builder Pride – different, but quite similar,
too. Welcome to “Roader Nation.” It’s in good hands. And, as any
Rider Prider knows, good hands are a quarterback’s best friend.
SCOTT PROKOP & HAVESEEN / 123RF
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