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How insightful ‘Team Management’ scored on the football field
Football, the world’s most ...
Total Football – Rinus Michels
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Team management’ scored on the football


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Team management’ scored on the football

  1. 1. How insightful ‘Team Management’ scored on the football field Synopsis Football, the world’s most passionate sport, is an amalgamation of blood, sweat and tears achieved through the highest standards of discipline, team spirit and tactical management, served to a fanatically hungry fan gathering. Many a success story has been written through a dramatic turn-around of a losing battle into a thumping victory through sheer team spirit, tactical insight, and a well-defined strategy! Key challenges Like in all management related issues, there has to be a single-minded devotion to a cause: building a football club, starting right from the bottom. This means creating fluency and a continuity of supply to the first team. So that the players all grow up together, producing a bond that, in turn creates the spirit of the team. Having the right focus, the confidence and conviction is making a brave beginning. Strategy and Solution Every large enterprise invests in developing employee skills, knowledge, and competence. Very few help build and sustain capacity—energy—which is typically taken for granted. In fact, greater capacity makes it possible to get more done in less time at a higher level of engagement and with greater levels of sustainability. Let’s take the role of team management in the football scenario. Greece’s Euro 2004’s resounding win A well-organized team where each player understands and plays his role to perfection can triumph against all odds, as in Greece’s Euro 2004 win, where the odds were 80–1 at the beginning of the tournament. The stunning victory shocked the world which still resounds with an air of surprise 10 years on. This was a classic example of triumph for organization and determination over flair and fantasy,
  2. 2. Total Football – Rinus Michels Total Football is the label given to an influential tactical theory of football . Rinus Michel’s refinement of this inventive theory led him to build a disparate team into a winning block through an assimilation of principles by every team member. In fact Michels wrote: "It is an art in itself to compose a starting team, to find the balance between creative players and those with destructive powers and between defense, construction and attack - never forgetting the quality of the opposition and the specific pressures of each match." The key to Michels' concept was intelligent movement, understanding and fitness. Manchester United-the meteoric rise Sir Alex Ferguson, the man who guided Manchester United to about a million trophies took years to build a great team and key stakeholders were fully invested in the rebuilding process. In 26 seasons, Fergie transformed Manchester United into a team worth nearly $2 billion with literally hundreds of millions of fans and built a success from scratch. Some of his pearls of wisdom were: 1. Sacrifice short-term pain for long-term gain Ferguson wanted to build a team from the bottom up so that all players grow up together, producing a bond that, in turn, creates a spirit. Winning a game is only a short-term gain - you can lose the next game," he said. "Building a club brings stability and consistency. 2. Don't be afraid to rebuild Ferguson believed a team needed refreshing every three or four years, and he wasn't afraid to cut players unexpectedly. Even if an older player lost a little zing, he would ditch even the most loyal clubman. That's how important success was. 3. Set the bar high Do not settle for any half-hearted effort."Every training session was about quality. We didn't allow a lack of focus. It was about intensity, concentration, speed - a high level of performance.” 4. Let them know who is boss Sir Alex was well aware that he was dealing with 30 egotistical millionaires. But never did he ever let them step out of line and disrupt the power balance. 6. Take risks Ferguson was prepared to take risks. If he was 1:2 down, he didn't care if he lost 1:3. He would rather throw caution to the wind and bring on an extra attacker. 7. Take a step back You often read about people who put "learn to delegate" at the top of their lists of corporate wisdom, Sir Alex is a leader who learned the importance of that lesson. He was able to become not just a football manager but a man manager. 8. Don't be scared of change He got the team into yoga before that was fashionable. He insisted on the best training facilities and always sought new ways to improve his team. The 2005 UEFA Champions League Final Here was another fine point made in history to prove that teams can battle adversity effectively when they have great cohesion and camaraderie. The 2005 UEFA Champions League Final contested between Liverpool ‘vs comeback Milan of Italy at the Atatürk Stadium in Istanbul, gave rise to the final being
  3. 3. known as the Miracle of Istanbul, and is regarded as one of the finest moments of the club's history for the spirit of camaraderie displayed. Outcome – Team Building Team building is the process of turning a group of individuals into a cohesive team. Sadly, teams seem to focus less on good management and more on the glamorous and exciting work of leadership. While leaders may bring vision, inspiration and challenge, these things count for nothing without the efficient implementation brought about by good management. To be a great manager, an extensive set of skills are a pre-requisite– from planning/organizing and delegating to communicating, motivating and maintaining discipline throughout the process.. Because the skill set is so wide, it's tempting to build skills in the areas of management that one is already comfortable with. But, for long-term success, it's wise to analyze skills in all areas of management – especially recruiting, team effectiveness and coaching.