There was an article at espn.com that ranked the quality of all 62 World Cup games played up to the finals – http://fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/belgium-vs-u-s-was-the-best-match-of-the-world-cup-so-far/ .
What defines a ‘one of the best soccer games I ever watched’ realization?
Here is a defining criteria that is a metaphor for world-class collaboration (or lack thereof) in business:
A complete pass (of the soccer ball) is like a hand-off on a project in business from one team member to another. Completed hand-offs or ball movement equals speed and productivity. Incomplete passes are simply mistakes to overcome. Finally, slide tackles are overcoming issues.
If we focus on hand-offs in business, own mistakes and tackle issues as a team we’ll achieve world-class collaboration like Germany did today. They beat Argentine 1-0 in the 2014 World Cup final.