Posted on: September 10th, 2013 by Jen Mueller

I noticed an interesting item about the San Francisco 49ers while perusing my usual football websites this morning.

There was a note about the communication challenges between Colin Kaepernick and head coach Jim Harbaugh during San Francisco’s Week 1 game against Green Bay. There was a delay with some of the play calls that forced the Niners to use time outs and took away some of their offensive opportunities.

The communication becomes an even bigger challenge for the Niners this week in Seattle.  Not only is it a nationally televised rivalry game, but the fans in Seattle are also trying to set a World Record for loudest crowd.  This is going to be one of my story lines this week on the sidelines, but it’s also something you can use to initiate conversations in your workplace this week.

Business Application:

The San Francisco 49ers aren’t the only ones with communication challenges.  We face those every day at work.  Sometimes it’s due to outside noise and sometimes it’s simply a misunderstanding or a myriad of other things.  Whatever the cause, the effect always impacts productivity.

If you’re looking for a way to talk more about the big Seahawks-Niners game this week, try using the communication aspect of the story.  It will get your office talking about how to be on the same page and avoid potential problems during crucial situations.

Jen Mueller is the radio sideline reporter for the Seattle Seahawks, as well as, a reporter for ROOT Sports NW out of Seattle.  She is also a professional speaker and the author of Game Time: Learn to Talk Sports in 5 Minutes a Day, the go-to resource for new and novice sports fans.  The book is available on Amazon.