Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Do What's Right

FIFA, the world governing body for futbol (soccer for the rest of you) is now considering technology after a string of shockingly erroneous calls throughout the 2010 World Cup so far.

Ironically - the FA (the English Governing Body) is a big proponent of this change after their team was on the receiving end of one of the most egregious calls in their Round of 16 match versus Germany.

The FA was not very vocal about using technology when it was last broached with the broader audience after 2006 World Cup while the English Premier League has supported experiments as far back as 1999 without ever getting FIFA approval.  It is to be noted that the FA changed their mind and earlier this year supported investigating the technology but were voted down by others in the United Kingdom.

My guess is that we will be still talking about this when I am about to samba in Brazil four years from now.

Ultimately - this issue boils down to one of my favorite quotes:

Leaders are people who do the right thing; managers are people who do things right. - Warren G. Bennis

Do you think people would have wanted an iPod if Steve Jobs and company would have asked first?

What about flat screen TVs? Or energy efficient appliances? The list goes on and on.

Use of technology is not a question of if we use it - it's a question of how to use it.

This a world class organization and features the only true WORLD CHAMPION for a team sport.

FIFA - stop messing around. Do What's Right.

People (including the Welsh and Irish FAs) will fall in line.

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