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For years, the cliches of the soccer international were used as daily boardroom language, with words similar to 'what's the rating? ' and 'we're taking part in the lengthy video game' turning into regular. "Business and the attractive online game" cleverly applies the analogy of soccer to the realm of commercial and in doing so compares and contrasts the main parts on this planet of trade to the parellels of the gorgeous video game. This certain booklet makes use of signposts based in soccer folklore to aid the reader take in as a lot details as attainable. for instance, 'Tactics' replaces the generic 'Summary' signpost to stress the main issues while retaining the soccer topic. bankruptcy headings draw on crucial elements of the attractive video game that may be both good utilized to administration, for instance 'Captaincy' represents 'Middle Management'. This shrewdpermanent and non-linear constitution permits readers to dip out and in of the sections they need to target. Combining the very important components of wit and knowledge, this ebook makes worthwhile observations with no taking the enterprise international too heavily. it really is an exciting learn for somebody short of a clean outlook at the global of industrial.

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At the pointy top of the pyramid comes our ultimate ambition of ‘self-actualization’; this is when we are at one with the world and at peace with ourselves, all our needs and wants satisfied. What might this have meant to a young aspiring football professional? 1 If Maslow had been a footie fan Once you’ve grasped this analogy you can translate it back into business terms; you can then decide what’s your own personal ‘jumpers for goalposts’ 28 ᔡ The first half and, more importantly from an ambition point of view, what your World Cup will be represented by.

In earlier chapters we’ve looked at some of the elements that are essential to the ‘beautiful game’ and which are of equal benefit in business. Having skill is essential, adding ambition is highly desirable and injecting passion (with some degree of control) goes much of the way to turning you into a winner. Get all these things in line and surely nothing can stop you; or can it? Despite all the positive energy you’re generating, you can (and sometimes will) fall prey to negative influences and the most commonplace of these is stress.

One of the things that afflicts our modern lives is the pace of them, which contributes to us never really stopping to think about what we want. So when we say we’re ambitious, just what are we ambitious for? Here are some traditional goals to think about: ᔡ ᔡ ᔡ ᔡ ᔡ ᔡ ᔡ money fame fortune notoriety power responsibility attention. The thing about writing them down like that is that they all start to look a bit shallow, so with your own ambitions have a good hard think about what your ‘end game’ might be.

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