Football Can Teach Us A LOT About Business…

If you didn’t already know, I’m a big QPR supporter. 


I’ve seen incredible highs and incredible lows in recent years and any football fan will appreciate that the highs never seem to last long enough, and the lows always seem to drag on forever… 


And for QPR, we’re now onto Act III of our season, which has become something of a Shakespearian tragedy.   


Because we’re onto our third manager of the season… and it’s only March. 


Beale left for Rangers after a promising start to the season and his replacement, Neil Critchley, was sacked after one win in 11 games. 


Now, Gareth Ainsworth has joined – a club legend who was promoted as a player and took charge in two separate caretaker spells.  


What Does Football Have To Do With Business? 


To paraphrase an old joke, the best way to become a millionaire is to become a billionaire and then buy a football club. 


It’s not a business that many get right, and you can count the number of football clubs that run a profit AND maintain a level of success on one hand.  


But when you think of how difficult it can be to navigate the tricky waters of running a business in the first couple of years, it makes sense.  


Last week, we ran a session talking about exiting yourself from the business and I found the parallels fascinating… 


Because while QPR have changed manager, as many teams do, everything else stays the same. 


The board, the stadium (environment), the fans (customers), sponsors, suppliers, shirt (branding) – all of it.  


He may well be playing CEO but he is completely replaceable when you have the right structure in place. 


Business carries on as normal because it’s set up to function when key personnel aren’t available… 


And there’s a key lesson there. 

Most business owners RUN their businesses; they don’t manage them. 


Which means that if they’re not there, the business stops – so they make sure they’re always there. 


Be Present But Keep Clarity  


We’ve hit on a key problem that we’ve all probably faced at one time or another. 


The reason you start your own business is often because you want to be your own boss, you love what you do, or you spotted an opportunity. 


But keeping the clarity of mind to ensure that you’re not running your business is incredibly difficult.  


Because running your business rather than managing it creates reliance, and you end up in a vicious cycle. 


The last thing you want to do is making YOU the entire business. 


There’s an easy way to think about it – what would happen if you took 3 months out of your business starting tomorrow? 


If the mere thought of it sends shivers down your spine, it’s probably a sign. 


So, if you’re running your business and not managing it, maybe it’s time for a change? 


If that sounds like something that resonates, maybe it’s worth having a chat…  


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