Office Lessons Learned from Watching the Brazil-Germany Match

Lily Cedarbaum

Lily Cedarbaum

As a college student in NYC, I quickly got sucked into the world of television internships and became addicted to it right away. Starting off in Corporate Communications at NBC Universal, I eventually networked my way into internships at Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Joy Behar, The New York Television Festival, Doctor Oz, and Saturday Night Live. While I loved my internships at high-profile networks and festivals, I was excited to branch out and try something off-beat after graduation. To shake things up, I spent a few months living in Los Angeles, where I spent time freelancing and meeting with contacts before finding my way back to New York for a job at MindSmack TV.

The entertainment industry is a hard field to navigate, and I am excited to be a part of The Media Chronicles to assist others along the way!
Lily Cedarbaum

For all those still reeling from one of the most devastating losses in World Cup history, it can be unanimously agreed upon that one would not want to be in a Brazilian’s cleats this week. But where did it all go wrong? They had home-field advantage. They played with heart. And yet, Brazil made several key mistakes that kept them from performing their jobs successfully. Don’t be the Team Brazil of your office: Follow these simple steps and you’ll be crushing it like Germany in no time!

Adapt
You can plan out every single little detail of a project or event, but when push comes to shove, something unexpected will always go wrong. When Brazil lost team captain Silva and scoring star Neymar in the previous game to Colombia due to fouls, the team should have been prepared to play differently come Monday. Instead, no one stepped up and the team continued to play as if their two stars were still on the field, a shameful result considering that soccer players are trained to think fast on their feet.

If something doesn’t go right for you at work, don’t let it ruffle your feathers. Ask yourself what changes need to be made. Consider alternatives that might not have been in your playbook before. Come up with new ideas rather than acting like the change of plans has no effect on you… you’re not fooling anyone.

Don’t Get Desperate
Is your boss not giving you the attention or credit you feel you deserve at work? Don’t be openly sour about it or aggressively grab his or her attention out of desperation to be appreciated. When Germany pulled out ahead in the first half, Brazil started taking risks and playing sloppily in order to close the tie. However, it backfired and Germany scored more goals. Brazil regrouped for the second half, but by then it was too late.

At work, instead, continue to have a positive attitude and stay focused on the work instead of on rewards down the line. Approach your boss about additional work opportunities that will show you are persistent and stay present in the moment.

Don’t Be Dramatic
People at work can be pretty cutthroat and quick to attack or blame others in order to save their own hides. The World Cup has been just one such work environment, where soccer players will act like they’ve been stabbed repetitively if an opposing player breathes on him the wrong way.

This video may be the best World Cup parody ever, simply because of its 100% accuracy. Try to take workplace insults and criticisms with a grain of salt. Overreacting and blaming will only exacerbate the situation, and if you are a bad actor you may just end up with everyone rolling their eyes at you.

Do Work as a Team
Learn to delegate work and communicate what you are able to get done at the office. Shouldering a project all alone will lead to more mistakes and perhaps a later completion. Like the well-oiled machine that was the Germany team, learn your coworker’s strengths and streamline your company’s efficiency by trusting the help of coworkers.

Lily Cedarbaum

As a college student in NYC, I quickly got sucked into the world of television internships and became addicted to it right away. Starting off in Corporate Communications at NBC Universal, I eventually networked my way into internships at Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Joy Behar, The New York Television Festival, Doctor Oz, and Saturday Night Live. While I loved my internships at high-profile networks and festivals, I was excited to branch out and try something off-beat after graduation. To shake things up, I spent a few months living in Los Angeles, where I spent time freelancing and meeting with contacts before finding my way back to New York for a job at MindSmack TV. The entertainment industry is a hard field to navigate, and I am excited to be a part of The Media Chronicles to assist others along the way!

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