What the Brazil-Germany World Cup match can teach us about resilience

18 July 2014

Business lessons from a World Cup match? Really?

Despite the seemingly facile comparison, there actually is a great deal that businesses can learn from the shocking 7-1 defeat of the host-country Brazilian football (soccer, for those of us in the US) squad at the hands of Germany’s team in this month’s FIFA World Cup semi-final match.

In this incisive piece just published on our CEO Insights blog, PwC Brazil’s Advisory Risk Leader Evandro Carreras draws the many lines that connect business resilience to athletic-club resilience. After all, both involve organisations, players, strategies and stakeholders, and feature measurable results. Both also regularly face loss of talent, unforeseen setbacks, sudden turnarounds, as well as unexpected opportunities.

As this particular match illustrated so dramatically, the team that showed more resilience — a clear game plan, agility, innovation, cohesion — advanced to the final, while the losing team was left to lick its wounds and ask questions.

But resilience isn’t just about who wins and who loses. It’s also about bouncing back. Shortly after the defeat, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff urged her stunned nation to "Get up, shake off the dust and come out on top." I don't know that you could find a better definition of resilience.

I encourage you to read Evandro’s fascinating blog post, and as always, to share your own thoughts and experiences — be it on athletic or business resilience — in the Comments section.


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