What lessons for business managers in England’s opening World Cup game?
17th June 2014
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I think it’s fair to say that England’s only goal of the game has, in some ways, been overshadowed slightly by the post-goal celebration.

After Sturridge knocked the ball into the net, everyone went nuts – we’d just equalised! I’m sure that more than a few pints were knocked over and cheeks were kissed across the country, but it seems the celebration was just as ferocious over in the dug out. In fact, England’s physio, Gary Lewin, celebrated so hard that he injured himself! Reports released in the few days following the game have informed us all that during the frivolities, immediately after Sturridge scored, Lewin tripped over a stray water bottle and dislocated his ankle.

Standing in the sidelines, or in the dug out, close to the action can be a dangerous place, it seems. Linesmen getting run into, camera men falling casualty to a stray ball or player and many a manager has landed themselves in hot water for their conduct at the side of the pitch.

The problem with standing that close to everything is that you can very easily get caught up and swept along. Now, don’t get me wrong, the electric atmosphere is what makes a football game so much fun, but it obviously comes with its hazards and limitations.

This is where the message comes in. As business owners, we can’t see everything when we’re right down there in our businesses, standing with our toes touching the sidelines - our view is limited and as a result, our perspective can end up a little limited too.

Removing ourselves, not permanently, but definitely regularly, from the pitch provides us with the chance to view our business from a different perspective.  

There is a lot to be said for creating a set amount of time each day to get away from the day to day issues and use this as thinking and planning time.  It takes discipline to achieve this every day but  it’s only once we’ve stepped back from the pitch that we’re better positioned to see the game as whole, the big picture for our business, and possibly spot things that we’d never noticed before – maybe it’s a spot of sabotage, or it could be a different way of playing our team.

Whatever it is, it’s very hard to see it whilst you’re caught up working in your business, right on the pitch.

You don’t want to end up like Gary Lewin, now, do you?


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