Football is a game of structure, strategy, leadership, planning, reacting to change and ultimately achieving the outcome you are after. Doesn’t that sound like business too? Aren’t these exactly the characteristics of your business – structure, strategy, leadership, planning, reacting to change, all with the aim of achieving that desired outcome.
Recently I was hit by a BFO (Blinding Flash of the Obvious). There are so many similarities between any sport and business and yet one of the most critical elements in sport, planned breaks (e.g. ¼ time, ½ time, ¾ time) don’t even exist for so may businesses.
Think about it – how many sports go from start to finish without some form of break to think about how things are going, to realign and to re-establish the planning of what needs to be done. Tennis, cricket, golf, hockey, all football codes, even darts and snooker all have breaks scheduled in before the game starts. Every player and coach knows there will be a chance to review and plan for the next period of the game. You could argue swimming and some athletic events have no break but even then there are generally a series of heats with breaks before the final event begins.
So where’s the learning here? Take a look at your business:
- Do you have a game plan for your business?
- Where is your planned break for your business to review, reassess and if required change or adjust?
It is common in business to blame the team – they’re no good at their job, they seem to always be going away from what they’re supposed to be doing, they’ve got a bad attitude, why can’t they just get the job done?
Now turn these questions on their head and as the business owner ask questions where you take responsibility for these issues. Replace “they” with “me” or “I” and talk about your “feeling” on these matters. I feel that I haven’t been able to create an environment where my team are great at their job, I feel that I haven’t found a way to get the business set up so everyone is on the same page, I believe all people have good in them yet I feel that I haven’t been able to get this attitude from my people, what can I do to ensure that we get that job done?
As soon as the language changes from “they” to “I”, you will begin to ask better questions and get better answers. Just from these questions alone you might just be asking yourself:
- Have I created a game plan?
- Have I formalised it and shared it with my team?
- Have I created a strategy where I will revisit and review my game plan regularly in a planned manner?
If your answer to any of these questions are NO and you would like to take responsibility for your business and team performance email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a FREE 1 hour consultation with one of our professionals.