It Takes Practice

We’re now a couple of weeks into soccer training. I’m back… it’s been 20 years since playing competitively.

Last week, we played like women possessed, passing, lots of great fancy moves and phenomenal team work. Then last night, OMG, it was a disaster, it was as if we were a completely different team.

Yet, we weren’t. They were… they were marking, great passing and calling.

I felt like I had someone marking me, sitting right on top of me and I couldn’t move or get a break all night. Super frustrating when you’re right wing and desperate and ready in waiting for some action.

Do you feel like you’re ready and waiting to convert?

Do you feel like you and your business has phenomenal potential… yet for whatever reason, you’re just not making it happen.

You know, in the way you know you could. The way you dream of and believe is possible.

Sometimes, we have a tough day in the office.

Last night was one of those.

However each practice run and each game is moving us forward to achieving our goals. This team has the potential to win this division. Yes really. We have some outstanding players. Some who need to work at it. Overall fitness is a key challenge! Well we are in the over 35 league… 😉

However whether it’s your business or on the playing field, kicking goals takes practice.

It doesn’t happen overnight.

For the majority of business it takes years.

It also takes commitment, dedication, fitness training, teamwork and education.

To learn what is needed to win.

What does winning in your business mean for you?

What are your measures and benchmarks for that?

  • The profit?
  • Cashflow?
  • The ROI?
  • Is it the turnover?
  • Is it the size of your team?
  • Staff engagement?
  • Number of happy customers?
  • Customer retension?
  • Staff retension?
  • Quality of your culture?

How else do you measure the wins?

Now back to the soccer pitch, as soon as the game finished, I raced off both frustrated and energised at the same time. Both of us in the wing position Left and Right had been marked fiercely all night and so we grabbed the coach and asked

“What could we have done more of?

“What could we have done better?

“What could we have done differently?

These 3 questions are a favourite for using for team feedback and business growth. They come from a great athlete and business man Peter Thurin.

Often, we’re so busy bitching, moaning, justifying our existence or moving onto the next game, project, email, job or customer, that we forget to make and take the time to review our progress.

Whether you do this by yourself, 1-1 with individual team members or as a business, it is a crucial growth mechanism.

I’ll keep harping on about being ripe and rotting, green or growing, a great saying by Ray Kroc, who launched the McDonalds franchise in 1955.

Our business will not grow, if we’re not able to give and receive feedback.

Ask the tough questions in order to learn, improve, develop and be better.

This isn’t a one-off / once a year kind of question at an occasional team building event. This is a regular, perhaps daily, weekly, monthly and quarterly ritual that every team member can be using to grow and improve the overall productivity and performance of the team and business.

Here’s another angle to consider…

Have you asked these questions of your clients and customers?

So for Saturday’s game, I know to pull the opposition out wide to make room for our faster, quicker and very agile players, we have a couple of GUNS in that department, so that’s part of my plan.

I’ll know I have to get fitter and keep training, keep tackling and keep working on my speed and recovery.

No excuses. No justification. I am 46 and…

There is no failure only feedback.

Here’s to a cracking game this coming weekend.



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