Last week I told you that I was heading to Wembley to watch English Championship football side Derby County play one game which would take them into the top flight Premier League.
That match, against London rivals Queens Park Rangers (QPR) was played on Saturday.
Here are some of the statistics for the two sides:
Shots on target: Derby (5) QPR (1)
Corner kicks (potential goal scoring opportunities): Derby (14) QPR (1)
Possession: Derby (68 per cent) QPR (32 per cent)
Players warned by referee (yellow card): Derby (0) QPR (1)
Players sent off (removed from game for foul play): Derby (0) QPR (1)
So our players were better behaved, more skillful over the 90 minutes of the match and generally outperformed the opposition in nearly every way possible for a professional football team to do.
Except for one small matter…the final and most important stastic of all.
Goals scored: Derby (0) QPR (1)
And what a goal it was. We failed to clear the ball from near the goal mouth, the opposition seized the opportunity and put the ball in the back of the net and won the game…dashing all our hopes of getting into the Premier League next season.
And do you know what made it worse?
Football matches are played over 90 minutes and the goal came in the 90th minute.
Our team work was generally good but we lost concentration for a brief moment at a critical period in the game right at the very end.
And our competition mercilessly and ruthlessly punished us for it.
Exactly the same can happen in your business if you are not careful.
Remember, someone else wants what you have right now…don’t make it at all easy for them to take it from you.
The same goes with CTP Teams – team work is vital all the time and is not just something to be switched on and off for short periods at a time.