Football season is here and it’s time to pop the champagne! Like what they say, it’s not about winning; it’s the process of getting there. I can’t agree more: there’s no better time than now to get that MC, so that we can catch the live matches AND our beauty sleep after that. Yes, the process is shameless, but the stake is priceless.

Strangely, tis’ also the season where all closet fans – from iPad fanatics to iBet lunatics who have never before been the least bit interested in equivalents such as the EPL or S League – go gaga over Kaka and other international soccer greats. (Sorry, Lady Gaga, looks like the paparazzi will be switching targets for a while.)

Very often, these are the same people who can’t tell the difference between a pad that comes with a dri-touch surface and one with smooth-touch interface. Or ‘foul’ and ‘fowl’, for that matter. (The referee cries ‘fowl’ at a poignant moment when a striker attempts a goal. A chicken crosses the field. The foul-mouthed footballer tries to argue that the bird was in fact offside. His complaints are ignored, as usual.)

But I digress...

When it comes to the World Cup, it’s no longer about how many marbles are at stake. We’re talking about bigger things here. The phenomenon is akin to a Miss Universe pageant where representatives with cat-fighting abilities pledge their support for world peace.

On a related note, organisations can also take a leaf and learn a thing or two using the World Cup analogy to boost productivity and corporate targets. Don’t believe me? Invert your perspective and see what you get:


Organisations should make sure they get the right person with leadership qualities, experience and expertise for the job. This crucial figure can propel his team to break a leg. Figuratively or literally.


Not to be confused with a certain American brand for leatherware and accessories, this person can help an organisation optimise the value of their human capital. However, a good one will definitely set your HR funds back by more than a few luxurious bags combined.


Organisations should retain and reward their star player so that he will be motivated to do even better. But beware the celebrity or notorious striker, who may evolve to become too vain or distracted for everyone’s liking and upset the applecart. (No. Maradona, Beckham, Ronaldo, I’m not referring to you. Please don’t sue.)


Although this guy doesn’t directly bring home the bacon, he is nonetheless a key player who gives backend support. When the going gets tough, the tough will need to rely on whatever reinforcements he can get from his home base to push forward. Organisations should get a solid, dependable person for the job so the forerunner can advance with his glorious cause for world peace.


This guy either saves the day and but remains unappreciated or takes the blame for all failed attempts. Although this goal-getter isn’t usually at the receiving end of all the fame and glory, he can either make or break a situation – especially in times of crisis such as during penalty kicks. In the context of the workplace, he’s the troubleshooter you’d go to for fixing a bug, backing up important files, retrieving lost data or – gasp – retract a malicious email wrongly sent to the accused.

There you have it – precious lessons to be learnt from the upcoming World Cup. For boss' sake, let’s put on our jerseys and go out there to kick some balls already! But halt, that can only start next month. For now, the office is down to only half its strength. WC today, MC tomorrow. That's the way the world (cup) spins.

(Watch this space for a sequel next week.)