Dear Jane: Does It Matter That I Don't Like Sports?

by 352admin 28. February 2013 13:03

Dear JaneDear Jane,

I don’t like sports and have no interest in learning anything about sports.

Signed,

Don’t Even Know Who the Cubs Are

 

Dear Don’t Even Know Who the Cubs Are,

I assume your statement relates to conversations about sports by men you work with, inside or outside your organization.  The talk of sports isn’t intended to exclude you.  Instead, it is a mechanism for people to bond.  The social conversation has the potential to impact meeting dynamics.  Choosing not to participate in this part of the meeting puts you at a disadvantage.  One suggestion is to bridge the subject of the conversation from sports to a topic of interest to you, like movies you’ve seen or restaurants you’ve tried recently, so that you can participate in the banter.

Jane DiRenzo Pigott is the managing director of R3 Group LLC, specializing in working with professional service organizations on leadership and change in connection with diversity and inclusion. Before founding R3 Group, she practiced law for more than two decades at large law firms where she chaired a practice group, served on the executive management and compensation committees, and founded and ran diversity initiatives and affinity groups.

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