Measuring Success Accurately to Create Championship Performance

The United States Women soccer team made it to the semi-finals of the 2016 World Cup tournament.

They’ll be playing Germany tomorrow night.

Last week I watched the U.S. women seal a spot in the Quarterfinals of the Knockout Stage by wining their final Group Stage game, 2-0 over Columbia.

But, if you just watched the post game commentary by the soccer pundits without knowing the actual score of the game, you would have thought the U.S. women lost.

The pundits harped on the fact that the heavily favored U.S. women did not dominate the game and failed to perform at the level expected.

When interviewing the players and coaches afterward the pundits tried to frame the questions to get admission that the team underperformed.

They wouldn’t take the bait.

Across the board team members responded with a focus on only two
points:

  1. On the result, having achieved their goal of getting through to the Knockout Round to play for a chance to win the World Cup, and
  2. That there are always things to improve and they’ll look at them as they prepare for the next game.

At that stage nothing else mattered. It’s about success, not perfection.

In business, too often leaders are focused on the “how” of things get done instead of the result that is achieved.

Perfectionists are never satisfied with the end results achieved, focused solely on everything they did wrong on the path to their successes.

This type of mindset and approach does not create championship performance.

Championship performance comes first from identifying the success factors causing the positive results, and looking to replicate those, then look to “cleaning up” things that can be better.

What are you and your team’s key success factors than can be used to create championship performance?

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