June 05, 2012

Manage football in an excellence way is it possible?

Building up an sound an healthy culture is one of the main elements in all parts of excellence. To create this element areas like communication, teamwork, leadership, empowerment etc. comes in. None of these elements are easy to apply and it is mostly seen as a journey for an organization to go on. But all of them are seen as being the thing for creating success. In other words that is the stuff we will be working with to create excellence in future jobs.

European football teams are huge business in the world today. It is really a billion pound market where players are transferred, jersey are sold with players name on it, TV license are made for us to see it etc. All in all it is an organization where business excellence can be applied.

Football is based on team work. One player cannot win a game by himself he has to have a good team behind him. But team do have a strategy to develop good players for future transfers. You can almost call it a modern slave factory. Players are the company's asset and they have the right to sell and buy players. If one players plays some good matches and scores some brilliant goals his price will most likely increase. Other teams therefore want to buy him for their team and for the right price he will be sold.

How can you build an sound culture here?

If we assume that players development is equal to company improvements. When employees make improvements they shall not be fired because it hurts the culture of the company. Instead they could be promoted or in other way rewarded or recognized for the development made. On a football team this is different. When a good team culture is created good players will shine, but then they will be sold and thereby hurt the culture.

Is excellence really able to be applied in this kind of environment or is a special case?

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  1. Pinthida Thanatipanont

    Yes in a way, but being ‘sold’ I think it’s really quite different to being ‘fired’. Is it not (i have very limited knowledge about football) that usually, when a star performs well, another team is interested in ‘buying’ him and if that buying team is considered a more ‘competent’ team, that like a inter-firm promotion anyways.

    he would normally be paid higher on a personal basis as well. So, I guess to me, the scenario is a bit different. But surely, there would probably be a sense of mixed and confused culture. What about sense of belonging and sense of security? What about loyalty and friendship? Are the players being transformed into assets that their feelings and souls are ignored?

    I guess we have to ask Faizan or Nini! hehehe

    06 Jun 2012, 17:06

  2. Rasmus Gejl Kristensen

    Thank you Pinn for all your comments I really appriciate it. You keep the blog alive :)

    Yeah maybee they know how it works. But i do know players being sold because of bad performance, and that could be refered to as being fired…

    06 Jun 2012, 17:53

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