The power of anticipation: will your team achieve its (World Cup) goals?

Michael MoranToday’s Fun Friday post is by 10Eighty CEO and Founder Michael Moran. He has a passion for helping people maximise their potential and believes everyone should have job satisfaction and a successful career and helps organisations design jobs and career paths that maximise employee engagement. 

Every 4 years it rolls around, the sense that something special could happen, this time… maybe this time. Football fans the world over expect their team to excel expectations and achieve well beyond their FIFA ranking.

And that happens. Remember the sterling performances of Iceland and Wales in Euro 2016? (The less said about England v Iceland the better).

And now, as we sit on the brink of another World Cup, the anticipation is tangible.

Anticipation in the workplace Some top-notch interplay from the lads with 3 Lions On Their Shirt during the friendly with Nigeria last weekend (OK, for the first 45 minutes), the ‘Second XI’ giving a good account of themselves yesterday evening against Costa Rica and a manager with a level-headedness and rapport with his young team not seen for a while. And England anticipates… again!

In the workplace, as well as on the pitch, this kind of positive thinking can help teams to strive for excellence and achieve their goals (literal and metaphorical).

It’s important to plan, consider the consequences of making certain decisions in the future and extend that thinking 4 or 5 steps ahead. This will help your team and your organisation to anticipate things like an interest rate hike, a policy shift on Brexit or a change in strategic direction by the Director.

In a tournament the same principles apply, you research the tactics of your immediate opponents and those you could face in the knockout stages and endeavour to make eventualities for all permutations. (FYI England could face Brazil if they make it to the last 8).

Sometimes events conspire to scupper these plans – a serious injury to a key player or a mystery illness. But if you have anticipated these possibilities, you should have a Plan B, a player with similar skills or a formation change to compensate.

Last night’s match demonstrated that England has more than several Plan Bs on the bench.

Working out the potential pitfalls is useful, but ideally, you want to create opportunities too as this can genuinely add value. The key is preparation. And with the right degree of preparation, your team or your organisation will be ready to make the most of those opportunities when they arise.

To be the best team in town or in the tournament it’s essential to anticipate the future, whether you’re the CEO of a FTSE 500 company, Director of an SME or an international football coach.

This could be Gareth Southgate and his young England squad, but we’re certain 31 other coaches and their teams will have other ideas.

Whoever you’re supporting this summer or whichever team you ‘play’ for, at 10Eighty we hope you enjoy the festival of football over the next month and achieve your team goals too.

Michael is Chief Executive of 10Eighty. 10Eighty is a career and talent management consultancy that helps organizations maximize the contribution of their employees by ensuring satisfying jobs and careers for their employees. Michael is a Human Resources professional, having worked in the National Health Service, Insurance, Commodities and Derivatives industries. He has worked within the career coaching business for fifteen years, both managing a £7 million business and delivering bespoke, one to one career coaching. In the last 15 years Michael has run businesses that have helped 75,000 people make successful career transitions. He is a frequent commentator in the press/media, which includes a range of topics on “successfully managing your career” and talent management. Most recent media mentions have included BBC South, CNBC, Radio4, Financial Times, City AM, Financial News, Evening Standard, The Sunday Times, The Grapevine and HR Magazine, to name but a few. He writes a careers column for People Management, a blog for the Human Resources Magazine and is a regular contributor to The Thompson Reuters HR Portal. Michael is known as a thought provoking speaker in the HR industry. In the last 18 months, Michael spoke at the Careers Partner International Conference, NHS breakthrough conference, NHS North West Leadership Academy, London School of Economics, University of Westminster’s Talent Management Conference, ICAEW Finance Directors Conference, CIPD learning and development conference and CIPD branch seminars. He is also Chair of the CIPD’s Central London Branch. Additionally is a non executive director of Marshall ACM, an e-learning company and the Total Reward Group, a compensation and benefits consultancy. Michael plans to publish his book “The guide to everlasting employability” in the Autumn 2012. He has just launched an iphone app “careers snakes and ladders” and an online interactive version of the book in collaboration with Marshall ACM to coincide the launch of his new business 10Eighty. Michael has a degree in Economics, a MBA from Warwick Business School and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. He holds an accreditation from the British Psychological Society for the use of psychometrics. Michael has completed the Fairplace Internal Accreditation Programme, the training element of which is externally recognised by the Association for Coaching. Michael Moran was until January 2012 Chief Executive of Fairplace and a main board director of Savile plc, the career and talent management consultancy. Fairplace is part of the Savile Group, an AIM listed plc. The Savile Group was placed 16th in the Sunday Times top 100 small companies in 2010.

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