My 5 learnings for management from the WorldCup

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The FIFA WorldCup is over. The matches are played. Spain is the new World Champion. The team really has deserved to get the Copa del Mundo (…not only because they won against Germany.. ;-)… ). Now that the tournament is over I thought about it and asked myself, what were my management take-aways from the last five weeks…for me.

1. The team is the star. Worldcup 2010 was like Enterprise 2.0: Teams with top stars fail (Rooney, Ronaldo, Ribery, Kaka, etc…), real teamwork wins.

2. A scarf seems to be a team managers fashion guarantee for success. Though, managers who wear a scarf built world-class teams, it’s no guarantee to make a world-class team win the cup (Jogi Löw, Bert van Marwijk, etc.).

3. Managers need to have the courage to change long-serving systems in favor of integrating young players techniques, visions and ideas (Mexico, Germany, Uruguay, etc.). Nevertheless, the accompany of „old stars“ as motivators is a great back-up…

4. Management stand-still is a killer. The market-competition for the „on-paper“ leading countries is increasing. Globalization, new training opportunities and new markets offer countries great opportunities to become a challenging competitor for the old market champions (England, France, Italy, Brasil).

5. It’s all about communication, authority needs to be defined anew. There is no right or wrong in leading until the communication is not aligned with the culture and mentality of the players (France, France, France,…).

What are your key-findings, take-aways from a management perspective. Share them with us… And by the way: If it is serious fun you would like to share, just go ahead…

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7 Kommentare zu "My 5 learnings for management from the WorldCup"

  1. Nils Kowalczek am 15.07.2010 11:36 

    The most important learning is: It makes no difference what you are wearing. The only thing what counts is what the octopus sais. But I am still searching for the octopus in our company …

  2. paper writers am 22.03.2011 08:25 

    There are so many lessons to learn from the World cup that relates to project management. First, Don’t just depend on star player. Because anyone in the team can be the star player. Second, the managers should be open-minded letting the young ones to do their thing that may help the team. But the important of all is respecting the opponents. Because at the end of the day it’s just a sport and all of you are just participants.

  3. custom research paper am 01.04.2011 14:18 

    it proves you can learn from anything if you want.

  4. reverse cell phone lookup am 13.06.2011 12:35 

    I totally agree with the first point! There is nothing more important than the team!

  5. Sara Brown am 27.10.2011 15:12 

    Team building and right execution sets winners apart from losers…A good team leader can lead the team to win the most difficult of all battles…

  6. custom essay am 11.12.2012 08:14 

    The FIFA WorldCup 2010 was perfect.

  7. Albert Barkley am 24.04.2017 10:47 

    Good thoughts. I believe your experience will help me to use these learning management techniques in my education.

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