10 Business Lessons from a Soccer Game I Observed
After watching a 90-minute intense soccer match, I learned a lot about business from it. Due to the emotional shocks and adrenalin rush that soccer can bring, I don’t watch it as much. As the game progressed, I was on the edge of the chair, jotting down my notes. You can learn business lessons from soccer, regardless of whether you enjoy it or not. SPBO
1. Teamwork is what wins the game. Selfishness can cause problems for your team. You don’t need individual glory, but the collective goodwill of the team. Unity of purpose. Dismal teams that are all about the individual often fail. If purpose is not shared and everyone does what they think is best, then the organization’s goals are unlikely to be realized. Unity is the cornerstone of any team. You can see the quantum level of progress when everyone recognizes their role in the excellence of the group.
2. Show you think, plan your moves – it takes a lot of planning to achieve a goal. What formation should you choose? Without a clearly defined game plan, you can’t approach a game. A business plan that is not clear and concise will result in a waste of time and energy. The level of planning done can determine how much progress was made. The team prepares mentally, emotionally, and physically before each game. Everyone is informed about the strategy and plan in advance so everyone involved is clear
3. Do they sprint fast? What’s their SWOT analysis? How can you capitalize on the weaknesses of your competition? Your enemy is not necessarily your competition. It sounds like this because you are fighting for the same small ball. You will always have enough clients, no matter your business. It is important to recognize that competition can help you do business better, and not take advantage of the opportunities.
4. Listen to your coach. Leadership may not be direct, but they can have an overall view of the operations from their office. Listen to their advice. Although the leader may not be directly involved in the production with his employees, he can see who isn’t pulling their weight from where he is sitting. The coach can perform performance management and analysis, and tell those who are unable to produce the desired output to step aside while a replacement is brought on board. The coach is your guide. You can’t argue with him.
5. Precision in passing – When you delegate, send a message to others, etc. there will be precision. My experience has shown me that success is when a team has excellent ball possession. They pass the ball on precisely and don’t lose possession. A team that is precise and sharp in passing the ball will have more possession than any other team. Each team has 11 members. Possession of the ball can be restricted if there are individuals who hold it on their own and don’t pass it to other players.
6. It is crucial to combine speed and accuracy. You will be successful if your speed doesn’t compromise your delivery. You cannot be successful if you are only speedy. Success is achieved by combining speed and accuracy. Two businesses could serve the same client base. It is how we get orders and produce results that will keep our customers loyal to us. In business, accuracy is essential in that you don’t repeat the same thing twice because there isn’t time. Accuracy is all about paying attention to details. This means that there is no need to make rash decisions or waste time. Everybody considers the quality and cost of output.
7. Do not give up on your business. While some teams may be quick for a season, they soon lose sight of the fact that business is a marathon and not a sprint. Keep fighting spirit. You can win with all you have. The desire to fight is what often gets you through all obstacles and difficulties.
8. Leadership does not come with age, but it is a willingness to take on responsibility. The German team was led in this way by the youngest captain in World Cup soccer history. He delivered. He was respected by all who knew him. The same happens in business. Subordinates can become sensitive to age and make comments such as “Who is this little boy?” Is he not thinking about us, the adults? The age is just a number.
9. It is not how loud you make noise that matters. It is the shots at goals that matter. No matter how many invoices or quotes you create, the money that ends up in the bank account matters. The ultimate goal of a business is to make more money. Progress is measured not by the amount of sweat or the quality of ideas or teas, but rather through tangible results.
10. You will be removed if you don’t play fair. People who want to follow their own rules are not allowed on the team. The driver will send you off if you are found to be a problem on the bus. Underperformers will receive a red card. You will be given a verbal warning first, followed by a yellow card (written warning), and finally a dismissal note (red). You are no longer allowed to be on the team if you receive a red card. You belong elsewhere. Everyone else must go. They will even go the extra mile to compensate for your mistakes. Don’t be offended if someone is hired to assist the team, especially if your energy levels have dropped. You can always take on another project, but not this one.