While sports analogies may be overused in business, there is one analogy I am constantly reminded of that applies perfectly: the biggest threat to successful teams is also the biggest threat to successful organizations.
Championship-winning coaches say it is their greatest fear. Coaches of teams that sustain a high level of success say it only gets harder to avoid. Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy, who has led his teams to six straight playoff appearances and a Super Bowl victory, was asked recently about sticking with a winning formula.
“You’re ignorant, foolish, dumb as a rock to think that. If you don’t continue to try to get better, improve yourself, you’re going to get your ass kicked.
Exactly as true in business as it is in sports. If you get intoxicated by success, if you succumb to complacency, you’re going to get your ass kicked.