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Jan’s Corner: success, regardless of where you are at half time

Many eyes excitedly followed the action at the FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The tournament presented an opportunity for every team to demonstrate their capabilities on a world stage, along with the pressure to perform when it really matters.

I like watching sport because it reminds me of both business and life. We set worthwhile goals, team up with others, plan, prepare and then deal with the challenges along the way presented by circumstances and other factors.

England has fallen in the first knockout stage. Does this indicate an inflexibility in adapting to the circumstances of the tournament? Certainly, in past competitions, teams have started poorly but made changes and rallied to win, as did Italy in 2006.

Watching successful teams playing at the World Cup, I noticed a few things that could make a difference in business as well:

  • Playing as a team – focusing on giving your personal best to the team and creating opportunities for others and making the most of everyone’s position and strengths.
  • Playing fully till the final whistle – especially when you are winning.
  • Enjoying the game – playing with passion and improving by learning from both successes and failures.

So, regardless where you are at an intermediate stage, with the right approach, this year can be as exciting and triumphant for you as for the eventual World Cup-winning nation.

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