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This Creates Championship Performance in Small Business, Yet It’s Not Extraordinary

Carli Lloyd, the U.S. Women’s Midfielder, three weeks ago put on an extraordinary performance in the World Cup Finals with three goals in the first 16-minutes of the game.

It was an unprecedented accomplishment in the history of the sport and truly extraordinary.

Yet, what it took to set the stage for Lloyd to score those goals, plus three others in the last seven games of the tournament, was not extraordinary.

Some might even call it boring, monotonous, and brain numbing.

It’s the stuff we all hate to do.

But, champions know they MUST do them if they want to achieve championship caliber performance.

It’s the fundamentals.

Every sport has ‘em. Here’s a just small sampling:

• In football it’s blocking and tackling.

• In baseball it’s hitting the cut off man on relays to keep runners from taking extra bases.

• In basketball, it’s shooting free throws.

The athletes and the teams that become extraordinary at executing the fundamentals are the ones that deliver championship caliber performance when it counts.

What are the fundamentals of your business?

Here are some to think about:
• Clarity on your value proposition
• Clarity on your organization’s purpose and core operating values
• Clarity on your goals that have specific measurements for tracking progress
• Executing on a performance management system for employees’ goals and expectations
• Making the necessary outbound marketing calls
• Doing the promised follow up calls in a timely manner

Things like those are the fundamentals of business success.

Just like the fundamentals in athletics, they can be viewed as boring, monotonous, and brain numbing.

Yet, they are the foundation for success.

Business champions practice the fundamentals to achieve extraordinary execution that leads to championship results do you?

Remember, “champions do not necessarily do extraordinary things, but they always do the fundamental things extraordinarily well!”

Leave a comment below to continue the discussion.

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There are 3 comments. Add yours.

  1. “Champions do not necessarily do extraordinary things, but they always so the ordinary things extraordininarily well”. To that I would like to add that unless they are a true one-person-show, which rarely occurs – they are extraordinarily good at choosing and forming the team that supports them. They usually delegate brilliantly to maximize the marginal personal output per each team member according to each one’s specific expertise.

    • Skip Weisman

      Nils, thanks for reading, stopping by and being inspired to leave a comment. Thanks for adding to the conversation, you are correct, your offerings are all important aspects of creating a championship caliber team. The context I was primarily speaking about was the individual athlete or contributor to the team and the expectations even the team leader who does the choosing, forming and delegating needs to appreciate and understand. They should be expecting and looking for their championship performers to master the fundamentals of their trade, and be less concerned with extraordinary results and performance. By applying the fundamentals those extraordinary performances will manifest at the right times, occasionally, and be fun to appreciate, but it is the daily practice of the fundamentals that wins championships, and it is often those that fail to execute the fundamentals at critical times in an event that fail to prevail.

  2. Imagine if the employees in your small business brought the five traits of a championship team member to the work environment every day. Make it an expectation of everyone on your staff, and commit to it yourself to be the role model, and you and your employees will achieve great things together.

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