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What Derby County’s Defeat Can Teach You About Teamwork and Business

What Derby County’s Defeat Can Teach You About Teamwork and Business

Wembley Derby v QPR Championshop play off final

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)Β  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.

26 responses to “What Derby County’s Defeat Can Teach You About Teamwork and Business”

  1. Keith says:

    Great analogy Patrick!

    I visited the old Derby County ground a couple of times in the 70’s to watch Tottenham Hotspur – I recall one game where Derby won 8-1 I think. After the game I got lost in the back streets around the ground trying to find my car!

    I wish The Rams well for next season!

  2. Lynn M says:

    My team has really gotten into a groove where a large majority of the team is actively communicating in a constant 24/7 flow and frequently working together towards various goals. We still have team members that aren’t actively participating in this, but some that plan to and hopefully many more will get more active in that regard. It’s been really nice to see things come together as they have like this, and I think our team is going to continue to benefit from such stuff not just for now but in the long term. Good stuff!

  3. I think that our team is a great example of what it means to play a “full 90 minutes” of the game. At the beginning of the week in 26th place there seemed no possible way to get into the top 10.

    When I stopped surfing around midnight last night the team was in 9th. Teamwork for the full game in action.

    Sorry about the loss Patrick

  4. Tom Wacker says:

    First: My sympathy to your brutal loss. I empathize with you, and your team’s ability to snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory.

    Lucky 13 is in the process of making a good, united team. We have been scored on (we can’t win May. No possibility). We are searching and implementing the ways and means to score back.

    Teamwork and opportunity taken. That’s what Lucky 13 is after.

  5. Joao Ramos says:

    Patrick, sorry to hear that your team has lost the game. Sometimes my football team has the same result. We play better, all the statistics are on our favor and then BAM! At 90th minute one goal from the other team… That sucks

    Like i used to say to my daughter: “Winning is not importan, the important is to participate!” And like a 7 years old child she replys “Important is winning!” πŸ™‚

    Who doesn’t like to win? Everybody likes to win, and we at Lucky 13 always want to win!

    Go Lucky 13 – We rock and never sleep

  6. jumpimg up and down, breath in count to ten and start again πŸ™‚

  7. Patrick Griffin says:

    It is so good to hear that so many are really getting the whole ‘teamwork’ idea. And thanks for your comments on the football match.

    As an aside the friend who I went with was moaning and whining about how unfair it all was. It wasn’t unfair. It may seem unfair but it is not.

    Good luck to all this week.


  8. Frank says:

    Really Nice!

  9. Your team was dealt a mighty blow, Patrick, that’s for sure.

    And you’re right…while it may appear unfair, it really isn’t. One’s actions, or inactions, result in consequences.

    What do we do in this instance? Cry and scream it’s unfair? Give up?

    Or, do we get up, brush ourselves off, assess what we did AND didn’t do, and get back in the game?

    In the immortal words of Scarlett O’Hara:
    β€œFiddle de dee, tomorrow is another day”

    And another chance to kick some a** !! πŸ˜€

  10. nana carreras says:

    Nice post!

  11. Two words for the CTP teams opening pages:

    Splash page

    Take your own advice. πŸ™‚

  12. Evelyn Kramer says:

    Sorry your team lost.

    I know it won’t last, but we just snuck into 6th place. We are taking advantage of the holiday distraction. You have to stay focassed to stay on top.

  13. Jon Olson says:

    Oh I’m sorry, your team lost….

    Welcome to the world of being a Maple Leafs and Bills fan.

    We’re used to losing.

  14. Boris says:

    As Gary Lineker put it “Football is a simple game; 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans always win.”

    Did the QPR perhaps have more Germans?

  15. Charlotte Ericson says:

    Don’t know much about football but I understand the importance of teamspirit. My team has lots of it. The CTP teams is so much more than competing against other teams.
    I’ve had a really rough time the past year but things are better no w and this team thing is just what I need. And now click click click…… πŸ™‚

  16. Cindy Schellenberg says:

    Patrick, sorry to hear about your team losing. I’m guessing you are referring to “soccer?” Over in the states we have “soccer” and “football.” Two different games. I know you folks call soccer football.

    And I’m very sorry my team CTP Masters has slipped slipped, SLIPPED! I think it’s the holiday.

  17. Having lived in Buffalo so long now, I’ve discovered that being the underdog can be very motivating. When know one expects anything out of you, it can be a lot of fun to step out in a big way and blow the other team out of the water. πŸ™‚

  18. Myra P says:

    Teamwork = all striving for the same goal with persistence and consistency πŸ™‚

  19. Karen Kuty says:

    Sorry your team lost.

    However, you are correct in making an analogy between the game and business.

    I have worked for a number of companies who did so many things right for a long time only to make a critical mistake and lose it all (go out of business) at the end.

    Sad but true.

  20. Stephen Whittle says:

    Thought about you the instant I found out how this match ended up (even sent a tweet). Sorry it didn’t work out for your team.

  21. Patricia Dean says:

    Good analogy

  22. Anton Parvov says:

    Sorry, your team have lost.

  23. Virginia Herron says:

    Part of the problem is burn out too. Spending too much energy at the beginning can make it more difficult to shoot for it at the end.

  24. Victoria Stein says:

    Enjoyed reading through fellow members postings……

    Strengths and weaknesses,….finding a balance,…and staying motivated for the next game,…especially after a defeat….

    Did anyone happen to notice the well groomed patchwork turf?

    Fit for royalty!

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