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Could your team compete on the world stage?


With the World Cup now in full swing and the nation captivated by events, we wondered whether businesses can learn anything from the selection dilemmas that the 32 managers encounter before each match.

What does it take to build a successful team? Youthful exuberance? Experience? Flair? And how can all these facets fit together in a system that works? We believe we’ve come up with the winning formula to make your business world beaters.


Every business needs a safe pair of hands, someone who can take on and deal with anything that’s thrown at them. Not only are they happy to get their hands dirty and jump straight into projects and tasks, but they also thrive off the level of responsibility that brings.

Full backs

A bit of an all-rounder, someone who’s disciplined and reliable but will also chip in with new ideas and provide crucial support the rest of your team. It can be a fine balance between them fulfilling their primary duties and giving them the licence to be a bit more expansive.

Centre backs

The dependables; these are your rocks of the business. They might not be bursting with new ideas, but they’re experienced, composed when working under pressure and provide the foundations for the rest of your team to thrive from.

Defensive midfielder (c)

These are the unsung heroes of your team that bring vital experience and stability to your line-up. To their colleagues they are invaluable and looked up to, passing on their advice and knowledge for the whole team’s benefit. They keep things simple, put out any fires as they arise and allow the more creative departments to do their thing.

Centre midfielder

The engine room of the business. It doesn’t matter what you throw at them or how much work they have on, they’ll work their socks off for the benefit of the team. And with their versatility and never-say-die attitude, they will contribute to all aspects of the business.

Attacking midfielder

This person possesses the key to generating new business opportunities. They’re creative individuals that excel in a team environment. Although not everything they try will work, they should be encouraged to keep trying new things in the knowledge that, when it does pay off, you’ll get a great result.


These are your flair players. Though they might be young and raw, you know they’ve got undoubted potential that, if nurtured in the right way, could generate lots of new business opportunities. What they may lack in experience is more than made up for in exuberance and passion, and are brimming with new ideas.


Every business needs someone to convert the opportunities being presented to them, and your strikers will achieve this on a regular basis. Composed under pressure and with a good conversion ratio, their sole focus is to deliver the goals the business needs to reach new heights.


While every team has its star individuals, there is also the support staff that keep morale high and fill in wherever’s necessary. And if you’re still lacking the skills and expertise on the bench to complete a job, you can always look outside the squad to outsourced support in order to fill any resource gaps.

Does this resonate with your team? Are there any positions your business is missing, or key positions that we’ve missed? As always, please leave your comments below.


Just some of our clients

  • Construction Recruitment Services
  • Barclays
  • Harrisons Business Recovery
  • Eazipay
  • Wote Street People
  • Leumi ABL
  • Close Brothers Invoice Finance
  • NatWest
  • Midland Rock
  • Leonard Curtis
  • SER Contractor
  • Kroll
  • Custom Glass
  • Mazars
  • PNC Business Credit
  • Wupwoo
  • BNP Paribas
  • FRP Advisory
  • Kreston Reeves
  • Quantuma

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