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What an amazing run of good weather we’ve had – bright sunshine and balmy evenings – across the country.

It's been a chance to get the barbecue out and enjoy a cold beer in the garden. The CO2 shortage does not seem to have affected the availability of beer yet.

Festival Too is in full swing, with a multitude of bands and street festivities culminating in glam rock band, The Darkness, playing on Saturday night in a free concert.

Peter Lawrence (2901502)
Peter Lawrence (2901502)

At the World Cup, a much improved performance from England in the World Cup saw the team progress beyond the group stage. England manager, Gareth Southgate, was criticised for making eight changes to the team that played against Belgium, but a penalty shoot-out win against Columbia saw the team progressing to the quarter finals for the first time since 2006.

Was this a cunning plan to finish in second place in the group to meet “easier” opposition in later rounds, or simply luck? It seemed that the players were calm and relaxed, and certainly seemed better prepared when it came to taking penalties – the players had rehearsed their own routines to “stay in the moment” and it has been reported that the England camp used a number of psychometric tests and assessments to help prepare the players and build mental toughness.

Interestingly we have been working with a number of business leaders locally, using our own management diagnostic tool, to assess and build managerial capability against recognised management competencies – Managing the Job, Building the Team, Relating to Others, and Thinking Clearly. Many of the challenges faced by the England team are echoed in day to day business and management life.

Let’s hope England can continue to make progress – a successful bid for 2030 would bring home advantage and might give us the edge – anything to avoid the football darkness.

Peter Lawrence, director of Human Capital Department, is based at Kings Lynn Innovation Centre. He can be contacted on 01553 609968 or via email Peter.lawrence@humancapitaldept.com For more details visit www.humancapitaldept.com

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