Lessons from the World Cup

Teamwork in action on the football pitch can be translated into business etiquette, says Guy Moreton.

As I write, we're half-way through the FIFA World Cup - about to start the exciting "knock-out" rounds with those inevitable penalty shootouts.

A feature of the tournament so far has been the poor performances of some of the so-called "top" teams and in particular the disastrous early exits of Italy and France. This got us thinking at MorePeople about teamwork and pulling together for the good of the many rather than for individuals' own reputations.

The French debacle is surely one that will crop up as a future business school "case study" in leadership, teamwork, team spirit and motivation. What an awful time they have had, finishing bottom of their group and with a player sent home for insulting the manager.

They played with no heart, no spirit and looked laughable considering how much they are paid. Whoever's to blame, it's clear they let personal issues cloud their goal of achieving success as a team.

If you analyse the over-achievers to date such as Slovakia and the USA, these teams have a collective spirit and a clear vision. They pull together as a cohesive unit, giving a team performance that's greater than the sum of their individual parts - a clear lesson for us all!


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