January 26, 2012


I don’t know how much interest you have in football. Although years ago I had played football a few times on a full sized field, my interest is really not more than watching the game on TV once in a while. Recently, I watched Barcelona crushing its powerful competitor Real Madrid. Messi came out as the virtuoso of Barcelona and provided the most input to cause Real Madrid to fall to pieces.

Of course, Messi did not achieve the final score by himself. There were 10 more players, moving together with him. The remarkable point is that they achieved their success by really enjoying the game. Finally, they became the world champion. In other words, the 11 players of Barcelona formed each time a better team than the 11 players of the opposite team.

Having one or more than one Messi in a company plays an important role in the success of that enterprise. However, the extent of the whole company to act as a team is more important.

When we prepare our clients to meet with prospective acquirers, we are careful to have the company perceived as a team. There may be Messis in the company, but sustainable success can only be achieved if you have a team working harmoniously together. The Messis are also human. There may be days when they are ill or out of form. They can be transferred to another team.

The famous American basketball player, Michael Jordan said: “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.”

The oldie of the week: Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (1983)

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