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Posted by Sarah Brown on 09 Jun '16

Creating a winning team for Euro 2016

Teams can only win if they know their objectives and each person knows their role.

If say a football team had the same scores (as workers in business) only 4 of the 11 players on the field would know which goal is theirs, only 2 of the 11 would care. Only 2 of the 11 would know what position they play and know exactly what they are supposed to do. And all but 2 players would, in some way, be competing against their own team members rather than the opponents.

Stephen Covey, The 8th Habit

As England, Wales and Northern Ireland prepare for Euro 2016 everyone becomes an expert on football.

I'm not one, I confess I've never been to a professional football match but reading Stephen Covey's book The 8th Habit he uses football as a great analogy for the results he found from polling 23,000 employees across lots of companies and sectors.

The research found that very few understood the organisation’s goals or how they should be involved. There are lots of stats but he uses the following football analogy that only four of the team would even know which goal was theirs, and more worryingly only two would care. Only two players would know their position on the pitch and what they had to do and nine players would spend time competing against their own team members rather than the opponents.

Let’s hope none of the home teams are like the majority of workers in business. What’s the stats for your team, I hope they know which goal they should be attacking and which defending and that they care?

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