Seth Sentry Playlist From Soundcloud

Seth Sentry tracks from Soundcloud. Enough said.

Whacky Wednesday: Football As A Metaphor For Business Culture

I have this theory, and it’s a bit whacky so it’s not a post for Theory Thursday. My theory is that the predominant type of football played in a country or region shows through in the business culture especially in countries with mature, Western business styles. Here’s how I see it.

Europe – what some of us call soccer is clearly the main football in Europe (sorry rugby people). Soccer is like doing business in Europe based on these points:

  • Like in European business it’s a slow and steady wins the race approach and typically a low scoring affair.
  • It is absolutely clear what the goal is. One ball in the net equals one point.
  • The plays are calculated but decisions are still made on fly.
  • Everyone on the field has a chance to put in and possibly even score although there is some reliance on a team’s stars.
  • There are a few substitutes (hangers-on and consultants) on the bench but the bulk of the team is playing on the field.
  • On the rare occasion a scoring play is made (ie. a goal) a great deal of excitement is shown with special celebration, and that is the only time anyone really gets excited.
  • If someone even slightly looks like they have done wrong by you fall over and whinge.

Australia – Australian Rules football is the main game across the country so we’ll consider that (sorry again rugby people). The game is like Australian business because:

  • Australian Rules football, like most Australian companies, is organised chaos.
  • The ball is often in the air and the play could go either way.
  • Decisions and plays are made on the fly and often bad judgement quickly turns the game into the other team’s favour.
  • Everyone on the field contributes to scoring and any player could be the one to score, although there is some reliance on the teams stars especially in kicking the winning goals.
  • You don’t need to worry if you don’t get through the middle sticks for a full 6 point play, we’ll give you a point for your effort.
  • There are a few substitutes on the bench but the bulk of the team is playing on the field. In Australian business these are people hiding in the wings ready to jump in show they can fix someone elses problem and take some accolades.
  • When a scoring play is made there is some excitement and maybe a pat on the back (or the bum) but it is straight back to business to go again.

United States of America (I will leave the Canadians out of this) – American Football , or Gridiron some may know it, is the game we will consider here as a business culture metaphor. American business is like American Football in that:

  • They start out with a team of around 45 players suited up yet only 11 of them are on the field at any given time adding value.
  • They have a different group of team come on and do the work every time the direction changes. One group is responsible for scoring when in control of the ball (the situation). The other group is responsible for being roadblocks when things are not in the team’s control.
  • Forward movement is stopped after every few plays to have a meeting and figure out what happened and where to go next.
  • You need to get past the next milestone 10 yards away in order to get an opportunity to move forward again. If you don’t make that milestone, change the whole team, have a meeting and try to sabotage the other team that is now trying to hit their milestone.
  • They are very reliant on the star quarterback (and some of the running backs as well) to score.
  • If you score you also get a chance at a bonus.
  • Kickers are like consultants. No one on the core team likes them and they add value about as often as they miss the target.
  • They wear pads to limit risk. OK, I’m not sure how this relates to business but what sooks. Shin guards is the most you should need for any football game.
  • There are almost as many coaches and trainers (managers) as there are players.

Do you have any more examples for any of these? What about other business cultures around the world? Is doing business in India like a game of cricket?

Loaded Trolley – A Costco Australia ‘Fanblog’

OK, I have been busy in many aspects of my life and a website project that I have been working on with the Minister for War and Finance has been bubbling away for the last 10 or 11 months, but never ever really got launched. But it is out there now, up and running. I am of course talking about Loaded Trolley which is somewhat of a Costco Australia fan blog at the moment.

I say at the moment, because I am wondering what it could evolve in to. For now though, it is just a site that I decided I wanted to do after an argument with a work colleague over whether the cost of toilet paper was truly good value at Costco.

So please do hop over and have a look at the new site. We have al kinds of articles over there now, including reviews, comparisons and updates on what is going on in Costco’s Australian stores.

Totes Amazeballs – Jonathan Holmes on MediaWatch

On MediaWatch episode 23 2012, Jonathan Holmes came out with a pearler of a comment when pointing out the errors of Triple J’s ways on a particular matter. After cutting away from a film clip that was part of the Holmes’ report, he came back with, “Totes Amazeballs, hey”. That, to me, is gold.

I have now seen a terrible ‘remix’ pop up on YouTube so I think someone out there needs to do something with the sound bite. Maybe a dubstep remix is in order. Does anyone have a line in to Skrillex?

If you have the skills to make the sound bite into something more interesting, I have the clip right here (link below) for you to download it. When you make something from it, post it somewhere on the interwebs (available on computers now) and drop a link to your remix in the comments.

Jonathan Holmes Mediawatch – Totes Amazeballs

IceHouse: Ice Skating in Melbourne’s Docklands

With the post Winter Olympic buzz still in the air and the recent opening of Icehouse in Melbourne’s Docklands, I got together with a couple of friends at works for a skate on tight a$$ Tuesday last week. I also backed this up with another skate there on Sunday with the family.

The first time out on the rink was ‘Tight A$$ Tuesday’ which is half price entry (but not half price skate hire). I hired ‘premium’ hockey skates and hit the ice with a Canadian (ice in the blood?!) and another work friend who used to play ice and inline hockey. Just a note on the Tuesday night session…it is BUSY. I asked on my return visit on Sunday how many they put through the doors Tuesday night and they said 700 skaters…HUGE. Previous weeks had been between 250 to 400 skaters. Continue reading →