The 2016 European soccer championships has many business lessons, particularly in relation to how the teams with the best players do not necessarily win; conversely, the underdogs with no stars can beat the best of them. Of course, we should give credit to good coaching, but underlying their success is the spirit between the players on the team. It’s remarkable that Iceland beat talent filled England, and Wales beat superstars Belgium, and the differentiator is the locker room and on field spirit.
Good sports teams are not made, they are crafted and nurtured over time. Of course selecting the right players for each position is important, but the role of management, the coach, and the captain is to create a culture where individual energy is harnessed to stronger team performance. Iceland rose above themselves to produce a performance, and results, that could only come from individuals working for the greater good.
Business and sports;
So what are the common denominators in creating a sports or business results oriented culture?
- Hire competent individuals that are also team oriented
- Each player knows what his job is
- Open communication about the organization goals, and how to work together to reach those objectives
- Openly share team Values in group meetings; for example, each individual on one of those soccer teams probably could verbalize something long the following lines:
“I am going to do my job really, really well. My effort will be 100%. But, on top of that I am going to do all I can to support my team mates so that the team performs even better and we win”
- Individuals are accountable for their own performances
- Management and the coach recognize good performances, and give feedback regularly to everyone
All business leaders, especially owners of small and medium sized businesses, have the obligation and opportunity to create a Spirit in their organization that will lead to exceptional performance.
John Holland – Plutus Consulting Group