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Australian Cricket Team Brings Lessons to Small Business Owners

Small Business Owners can learn many business success lessons from the Australian cricket team.


Business owners can take many positive lessons from the performance of Australian Cricket captain Michael Clarke as he led his team to series victory over India.

Business Development Specialist Ruth Thirtle said that business owners are under pressure to perform in the current economy in much the same way that the Baggy Greens were under pressure before the series. is where Ruth Thirtle is sharing “The 5 Keys to Succeed in Business” in free online training.

“Before this series the Australian cricket team were under a cloud and not performing,” she said.

“There are many similarities to business.”

“Statistically, business owners are expected to fail so in order for them to get good results they need to be prepared for hard work, determination and some individual brilliance.”

“Having the right people around to support them, partner with them and offer advice is a vital part of business owners putting in a man of the match performance and getting results.”

Mrs Thirtle said key lessons a business owner can take from Michael Clarke’s performance include:

  1. Deal with the challenges that are thrown at them calmly – no matter how dramatic they look. The team were 3/37 when Clarke came to the crease in Sydney and led the team to an unlikely victory.
  2. Set milestones that are real and achievable. Clarke was constantly setting targets of what to achieve before drinks, before lunch or in the next five overs – he was not just looking at the goal for the entire test.
  3. Put the vision of the business above their own ego. Clarke could have set many personal records in Sydney – and not left time for the team to win the Test match.
  4. Avoid trying to do everything. As the captain, Clarke was not trying to do everything. He was performing the tasks he needed to do to the best of his ability and utilising other specialists for other roles.

Mrs Thirtle said that if business owners brought these 4 things into the way they did business, they too would see a dramatic increase in results.

"It is vital that business owners take responsibility for leading themselves and their businesses through these challenging economic times,” she said.

Ruth Thirtle runs training for business owners and sole traders on how to get more clients, make more money and still have a lifestyle. She loves to help sole traders to develop their support team without breaking the bank.

Mrs Thirtle is offering free online training in February on “The 5 Keys to Succeed in Business”. More information is available at .


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