Watching the UEFA Champions League Semifinal, in which Barcelona needed to net a goal against a 10-man Chelsea unit, I wondered – when does confidence become arrogance?
To set it up a little for you, Barcelona are one of the best teams ever, they are aggressive, and play with such grace, that to watch can be magical. They have a style of play, and they have been very successful in its execution. In this match, they needed a goal to advance to the final. Chelsea were forced to play a different style due to being reduced to 10 players and were “bunkered in” for the 2nd half. As the game went on, you could see the frustration in the Barca players as they were unable to break through the Chelsea defense; however, they refused to change the style of play. They were completely confident they, and their style, would prevail.
It didn’t. Chelsea not only did not allow a goal, but were able to net another one in the waning minutes of the match.
Barcelona refused to adapt to the conditions. Their confidence became arrogance. And they paid the price. The good news for them is they get to try again next season.
In your business, are you confident or arrogant? It’s a fine line, but in business, when confidence becomes arrogance, you rarely get to try again next season.