I often look for inspiration for business thinking from all aspects of life, and this football match in particular had some key learnings for us all.
Without going into the gory details of the match, here are my 5 top thoughts that we could all use to enhance our game:
1. Don't take you eye off the ball!
Sometimes it's hard to stay focused on what's important. Distractions come in all shapes and sizes, but having well defined goals helps to keep you focused and on target.
2. Don't rest on your laurels
You may have pulled off the biggest deal or project of your life last month, but that was last month! You need to keep moving forward. When it comes to success people often have short memories, and unfortunately it's often the failures that are most remembered. Don't sit around bathing in the glory of that last win, get yourself focused on the next goal sooner rather than later.
3. Be a real team player
Maximise the value of the people around you. If you are good at what you do then you know you have certain strengths and weaknesses. Don't always go it alone. You can learn a lot from others by giving them the opportunity to share their insights and experiences with you. Being a team player can often get you to achieving your goal quicker than if you try and do it all on your own. And give back - if someone asks for advice try and help them, it can often lead to new opportunities further down the line.
4. Take the lead
Brazil tonight were lacking their captain due to previous match penalties, but that gave others in the team the opportunity to shine and lead their team (and country!) to a win. However, no one stepped up, in fact the opposite happened and the whole team fell apart as there was no leadership. You may not think you are a leader, but you never know unless you try!
5. Learn from your mistakes
You can't win 'em all! But you can use the loses to improve your strategy. Pick up the pieces when things go wrong and get back in the game. Take responsibility and improve. The best business people in the world have had many more failures than successes, it's just a matter of hard work, good timing and considered decision making.
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