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The Lionesses, what skills can you take into the Workplace.

August 18th, 2023

The Lionesses, England’s national women’s football team, once again making headlines as they move into the FIFA Women’s World Cup final. With the semi-final being watched by over 7.3 million avid fans the high levels of skill and strategy become clear with each evolving match.

So, what can you take away from their success? Moreover, how can you, as a business owner cultivate your workplace to mirror the attitude, performance, and success of the Lionesses’.

“We stick together, we stick to the plan, and it worked again.”

Lets break down how the Lionesses’ have achieved their current level. What does the team focus on? How do they utilise skills and adapt accordingly?  What qualities can you take to your workplace? The following ten steps will help cultivate a champion workforce.

  1. Diversity and Inclusion: A diverse and inclusive team can achieve great success. Businesses can learn that fostering a diverse workforce, with individuals from different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives, can lead to a more innovative workplace.
  2. Teamwork and Collaboration: The success of the Lionesses is a testament to this. Businesses can understand the importance of creating an environment where employees work together, leverage each other’s strengths, and communicate effectively to achieve common goals.
  3. Resilience: The journey of the Lionesses has seen its fair share of challenges and setbacks. This resilience is an important lesson for businesses, as they need to adapt and persevere in the face of difficulties, whether it’s economic downturns, market changes, or internal obstacles. Covid and its challenges present a very current example of this need.
  4. Continuous Improvement: Like any sports team, the Lionesses must focus on continuous improvement to succeed. Businesses can adopt this mindset by encouraging employees to embrace a growth mindset, seek opportunities for learning, and always strive to enhance their skills and performance.
  5. Leadership: The Lionesses have had strong leaders on and off the field. Businesses can learn the importance of effective leadership, inspiring and motivating team members, setting clear objectives, and providing guidance and support.
  6. Innovation and Creativity: Football often requires players to think creatively in a tight spot. Businesses can apply this by encouraging employees to think outside the box and explore new solutions by adapting accordingly.
  7. Adaptability: The football landscape, like the business world, is ever-evolving. The Lionesses’ ability to adapt to different opponents, tactics, and playing conditions highlights the importance of adaptability in business to stay competitive and relevant.
  8. Data-Driven Decisions: Modern football teams extensively use data and analytics to make strategic decisions. Businesses can learn from this approach by utilising data-driven insights to guide their decisions, identify trends and come out on top.
  9. Work-Life Balance: Athletes like the Lionesses emphasise the significance of maintaining a balance between training, competition, and personal life. Businesses can promote employee well-being by encouraging a healthy work-life balance. In time this will reduce burnout and support employee mental health.
  10. Community Engagement: The Lionesses are known for their active involvement in promoting women’s football and engaging with their community. Similarly, businesses can build strong relationships with their customers and communities by participating in social responsibility initiatives and promoting strong values. Marketing strategies like this can alter a company’s image to suit its current needs.

Utilise these lessons to help grow and sustain your business in a modern setting, and maybe the Lionesses won’t be the only ones celebrating a successful year.

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