Lessons for Business from a Football Match

I am back to let you know the result of our crazy situation in Australian Rules football where we had to have a replay of a grand final. If you missed my last post catch it here.

Last week we had a drawn game. This week we had a landslide win by one team. The Collingwood Football Club defeated St Kilda 16 goals 12 points (108 points) to St Kilda 7 goals 10 points (52 points) a winning margin of 56 points. Collingwood were in front for the entire match.

Check out my video for my thoughts on what happened and how I think it relates to business.


Another football season is over in Australia. Finally with one elated team having won and the other team no doubt dealing with disappointment. There always had to be a conclusion. I would love your feedback so please leave me your comments below.

30 thoughts on “Lessons for Business from a Football Match

  1. Linda G. Cox

    Team. It’s fun to hear how the game turned out! I believe it does matter how determined are we to win! Pure determination. Yes, sports are a great teacher! I might have said last week in my comments at the beginning of this game, I have a friend who couldn’t see the value in sports. Her kids are in FFA (Future Farmers of America) and music, she could see the value there, but not in sports. When her younger kids started playing football and basketball she started to see the value! I’m so glad she sees it, now the kids have the benefits of all sorts extracurricular activities and the learning that comes with!

    It’s sad that your football madness turned out the way it did! It would have been more exciting if the teams would have come back the way they left last week, neck and neck! I’m sure there were lessons learned by all! And thanks to your sharing, we can be reminded of the lesson: Determination!

    1. Sue Post author

      Hey Linda I am with you -determination is critical.
      I am glad your friend has changed her point of view on sports for her kids. I have observed over the years that sport is good to keep kids off the street as they go through there teenage years. As a parent it can be a pain to run them around to various sporting commitments but I think it is truly worth it. The whole belonging to a team and the commitments that go with it are important for life.
      You must have had lots of running around to do with your large family. I bet it was fun though.
      Take care

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  3. Don Enck

    Hi Sue,
    I’ve been looking forward to the outcome of the replay ever since last week. In a way, I’m not surprised it was such a one side competition. It’s hard to maintain that level of intensity for a long period of time.

    As the saying goes…the better TEAM won. And your analogy of the team concept for business is very true. We can try to go it alone but working together with others on a team allows for better success.

    Thanks for keeping us posted on the crazy sports from down under 🙂
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    1. Sue Post author

      Hi Don
      I was half expecting it would be a one sided match for the replay as well. It would have been unusual to have another nail biting game like the first one.
      It is a crazy rule for sure. As Louise said in a comment last week “Only in Australia”.
      And this will be our first weekend for 6 months with no football dominating the media. I am sure they will find something else.
      Take care

  4. Louise Steiner

    Hi Sue…as you can imagine I was pretty happy with the outcome 🙂 It’s the first time since I’ve been in Oz that my team has won the grand final.

    I love the way you have drawn business lessons from this afl match. Sport is such a great teacher for life and business. And you have hit the nail on the head…winning in sport and business both take determination and team work.
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    1. Sue Post author

      Hi Louise
      I did think of you several times through the match. Did you celebrate that evening? It was certainly a different game than the week before.
      I think there are so many lessons we can learn from sport. You probably have many stories about skiing.

  5. Darlene Davis


    That’s a mighty powerful video!

    Sports are a great teacher for life. Teamwork was the strongest message I took away. No job can possible be accomplished without a lot of strong, intelligent support from those who are on your team working beside you.
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    1. Sue Post author

      Darlene I agree sports are great teachers for life.
      As Australia is part of the British Commonwealth we are currently participating in the Commonwealth Games in India. I have been watching some of the events and there is such displays of courage and commitment. I love it!

  6. Daphne

    Great powerful post! It’s truly inspiring. I like the way you present the lessons for life in a creative way.Keep blogging. Thanks a lot for imparting some lessons, this will be truly helpful for our business success.

    1. Sue Post author

      Thanks for dropping by to my blog and for commenting Daphne. I think sport has such great lessons for life.
      Take care

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    Hello Sue.. Excellent post! Sports indeed teaches us a lot of lessons that we could relate in life. The power of teamwork is very important in achieving victory in sports just the same in business success. Working hand-in-hand could make the work easier and that is a very good lesson that we need to be successful in business. Thanks a lot for sharing..

    1. Sue Post author

      Thanks for your comment. Working hand in hand with others is a great concept and I agree with you an important one for business.
      Have a great day.

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    Thanks for a very inspirational post Sue.. If there is one lesson I learned from sports , it is about teamwork. Difficult things become easy when a lot of people do it together. The success of a business does not only lies in one person, but on people who work together..

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    This post inculcates the right procedure on how to win a successful business. This is greatly encouraging. Life as they teaches many lessons through various ways. This approach of having a blissful business is well presented and it is superbly helpful. Thank you for posting. Thus, mere game can teach us how to win a right business. Thanks!

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    Hello there Sue! I agree with what you said and that sports has lot to offer aside from having a healthy body it also teaches us so many values as we go along the game. Sportsmanship is one good value that it can stress out by teaching us on how to accept defeat. Another one is by developing camaraderie and unity with other people in order to achieve your goal as a team. Thanks for sharing this Sue and God speed to you!

    1. Sue Post author

      Thanks for dropping by and for commenting. I agree with you that sport has a lot to offer and for sure camaraderie is very important.
      Have a blessed day.

  11. Tyler

    Hello Ms. Sue… this is the first time i read your blog and I want to congratulate you and your team for winning the game. You have a nice post and It is so interesting to read. Sports is indeed a great way to make our body fit and healthy. I fond playing football since I was still a little boy until now that is why I can relate to your post. It is true that “Teamwork” is very important in a team. I hope you’ll continue writing this kind of blogs and have a great ahead ms.Sue..

    1. Sue Post author

      Hi Tyler
      Thanks for your comment. I appreciate you dropping by my blog. Great to hear you have played football for so long. I think it is an awesome game with many lessons.
      Have a great day.

      1. Tyler

        Thank you so much for the appreciation Sue. I hope, I have more time to read your blog. Have a great day Sue.

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  13. Kay

    Nice post,Faith and Determination is one of the drivers that a team could possibly won the fight..and your team did it! and who wouldn’t know Manny Pacquiao who just won the fight over Margarito as her couch said “Hes a man of faith”.

    1. Sue Post author

      Hi Kay
      Thanks for dropping by to my blog. Faith and Determination are certain to be very important factors in a team winning. I love sport as a teacher.
      Take care

    1. Sue Post author

      Andrew I think there are often very many parallels in business and sport. I usually look for other lessons in most things.