Efficiency Lessons We Learned from the World Cup

Each team that walks out on the green of the World Cup soccer tournament has to be the best of the best. They’ve practiced for years and come together to make a solid team of skilled players. This year Germany won the World Cup, which is arguably the highest honor a team of soccer players can receive. While soccer might not be the go-to method of learning to create efficiency in the workplace, business team leaders, managers, and team members can learn a thing or two about being an efficient and effective team from the highlights of the World Cup.

Efficiency Needs an On-field Leader      

A team that works well together still needs a great leader. In the second to final match-up of the World Cup, Brazil was forging ahead without their Captain and lost a critical player to a broken back. Although they made it to the final leg of the World Cup, the team suffered a devastating defeat. A leader among any team guides their teammates to achieving their goals, and in our case, efficiency.  One member of the team should lead the charge and keep others to the proposed task. This might mean designating a team member to select a form creation software that meets the needs of the team or teaching time management skills to other team members.

Great Credentials Don’t Always Equal an Efficient Team

A team of hotshots doesn’t always work the way the man in charge wants.  Egos can get in the way.  It is how those team members work together that defines success or failure. This was seen several teams at the World Cup and it’s a common mistake by rookie coaches. The numbers don’t always compute. So, when a business owner or team leader needs another member on their team, choosing strictly by the numbers won’t always yield high efficiency in your office.


Create A Plan and Stick To It

A great plan and sticking with it will increase the team’s efficiency, because they’ve done the same motions over and over and can easily strive to do better. This makes a lean, mean office team. The World Cup demonstrated this point clearly with Brazil’s coach Joachim Low. Low set his team up for success with an aggressive fighting plan that worked for the first couple of rounds of the game. As the event went on, he let his plan slide and Brazil came in second in a crushing defeat.

Learn From Your Mistakes 

Germany won the game, but 31 other teams are heading home in defeat. It wasn’t necessarily lack of skills that are sending them home with their tails between their legs. They made mistakes and they can learn from them. Your team can, too. Evaluate your performance often. Analyze the success and failure of the team. Most of all, learn from them. Becoming a more efficient team means taking past lessons to heart and using them towards a brighter future.

An efficient and effective office starts by creating a great team of skilled employees. Then, managers and business owners should hone their skills and that of their employees. Only then, with the right mix of people, leaders and organization, can that team reach the pinnacle of their office success.

What lessons have you learned from past mistakes that have helped to increase efficiency?


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