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?

’til next time, to add to the conversation by leaving a comment below.

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4 thoughts on “Measuring Success Accurately to Create Championship Performance

  1. A. K. M. Suzaur Rahman says:

    But the team which would finish well to score goal would win.
    The major weakness of German team as I observed –
    1. They concede most from corner kicks and heads just in front of goalkeeper with smaller D box
    2. They are vulnerable when they would be in USA half then USA should do counter attack with long pass, no offside please
    3. They concede from shots just outside penalty box

    If USA can exploit these weakness they should win.

    Dr. Suzaur Rahman

  2. Mirza Baig says:

    I found this post to be really helpful in accomplishing tasks. At the end of the day if you get the task done, it is more important than focusing on fine details that do not have much effect overall….thanks for this post.

  3. Skip Weisman says:

    Mirza,
    Thank you for being inspired to leave a comment, I’m pleased you found value in today’s article.
    You are absolutely correct, harping on fine details that do not impact the end result is counter productive.
    Keep up the good work.
    Skip

  4. Skip Weisman says:

    Dr. Suzaur,
    Thank you for sharing your strategic futbol ideas. I’m not sure that’s what I was looking for regarding the discussion of the point I made in the article and that’s okay. I appreciate your interest in contributing here and will look for those points when I watch the game tomorrow night. Very insightful, unfortunately, I have not had a chance to watch the German women yet this tournament.
    Skip

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