It’s Only A GameUsama Saeed
When most people think about etiquette, they think about table manners and which fork to use while eating their salad. Etiquette is also a popular topic in the business world. Hiring managers judge their prospective employees to see their knowledge of etiquette and managers have their employees take etiquette training to help improve their skills in hopes it will increase sales.
Most people do not realize that etiquette is also a part of sports. Websterâ€™s defines sportsmanship as conduct becoming to one participating in a sport. In other words, sportsmanship is a form of etiquette and as such your conduct should be reflective of you and the organization you are representing.
Recently, two football coaches almost were involved in an altercation after their game. At the end of a football game, it is customary for the opposing coaches to shake hands. Sometimes they share a few words, wish the other luck and then go on with their business, but, at a minimum, they shake hands. At the end of this game, the losing coach took offense at the winning coachâ€™s exuberance during their handshake. The winning coach shook the loserâ€™s hand and gave him a slap on the back. Already upset with losing the game, the losing coach mentally lost it after this handshake and began chasing the winning coach down. Thankfully, cooler heads prevailed and kept the two separated.
Perception played a major role in this etiquette breakdown. Your actions are perceived by others and it is important for your intent to be perceived correctly. Iâ€™m sure the winning coach had no intent to embarrass the other coach, however, this is how it was perceived by the losing coach and it almost resulted in a fight. Everybody loves to win, but it is important to win with dignity and conduct yourself in a manner that is respectful to the loser and is positively representative of your organization.