PMM Editor’s Viewpoint September 2018.
“Before heading to work tomorrow, why not take some time to reflect on how you’re managing your team. Everyone has their strengths and weaknesses.”
At the time of writing, the curtain has just fallen on a vintage World Cup. Despite England’s new-look squad being agonisingly despatched from the tournament in the semi-finals, the nation’s pride in the national side has been more than restored.
It was a different England side to the ones of recent tournaments – not just in terms of personnel, but in attitude. There was a calmness and togetherness about the squad that had been lacking for a generation. The team looked well organised, disciplined and well-drilled. They played with a freedom and confidence that was unfamiliar to most England fans – or at least a distant memory for those lucky enough to remember ‘66.
Could it be that this transformation is attributable to the way this group of players is being managed?
There are certainly some lessons that can be gleaned from the way that Gareth Southgate has conducted his business since taking over as manager. Many have compared the current gaffer’s ethos to the ‘managerial blueprint’ that was penned by none other than Sir Bobby Robson.
Sir Bobby noted that his principles for building a team of motivated players need not apply exclusively to football. Indeed, working through the list below, it is evident that each and every point can be applied to business, and indeed life in general.
According to the legend himself, a good coach should:
- Be able to control himself, before he can control the team
- Be passionate about the subject
- Be open-minded
- Be a good listener
- Be a winner
- Command discipline
- Set good examples
- Understand individuals – what makes them tick?
- React positively to criticism
- Be positive and confident himself
- Be trustworthy
Before heading to work tomorrow, why not take some time to reflect on how you’re managing your team. Everyone has their strengths and weaknesses, but how do you stack up according to Bobby’s principles? Now, put on your best waistcoat and get ready to lead your team of technicians to success.