German Reverse Engineering…
“Football is a simple game. Twenty-two men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans always win.”- Gary Linker
The world cup final was just the latest example of this. Only Brazil have won more world cups than Germany and the Argentinians just could not make it happen in the final despite having some excellent chances.
I want to focus on the quote from Gary Lineker for a second.
Wouldn’t it be awesome if people said that about your team? Your clients, your athletes, your business? You’re results were just so good, so consistent, that people flocked to you. You could command the best clients, the best athletes, and say no when you wanted!
Well let me tell you, it doesn’t happen accidentally. This is a process that’s been planned from start to finish.
A process that began with the end in mind and was completely reverse engineered.
And within that process there are some specifics that stand out with the Germans which might just be areas you need to improve on in your coaching, and your business.
Organisation and Discipline
Without question for me Germany are the best team in the world when it comes to having things in order. They know where they are, they know their structure and their systems and their behaviour is super consistent throughout the match and the tournament. Winning the world cup is not about one match, one moment of brilliance. It’s about consistently high level of performance and taking advantage of defining moments.
Thats what the best athletes can do and the best coaches can facilitate this with their behaviour. The best business perform this way too. But does yours?
Work Rate and Team Spirit
There’s no cure for laziness I’m afraid. The Germans are fit, strong and work together for the full game. A high level for every game in the tournament, not just in the final. They actually improved with every match together. That’s the sign of a great team.
This is one of my favourite quotes:
Focus on small steps every day. Make sure you move forwards every single day, no excuses, no drifting.
It’s not about going alone, working with others is the way to move forwards FAST! But it’s a skill to delegate, to outsource and it’s a challenge we need to conquer.
Preparation is key. Get in shape to achieve in your business, in your coaching. Then get your business or your athletes in shape!
Understanding of the Opposition
Know your game plan. What your strengths and weaknesses are and how they match up against your opposition. Germany are adaptable. They can and did make tactical changes when required.
I call this game plan strength when I train fighters. And it’s the same in business. What do you do well, and are you looking to strengthen strengths or minimise weaknesses? Two very different things.
Know what you’re up against and have a strategy on how to beat them. Not just one tactic either, have a plan B, C, D etc etc.
Passion and Belief
The will to succeed was abundantly clear with the Germans throughout the tournament. Ruthless in victory, especially against Brazil in the semi-final.
The drive to succeed and to win was there. But underpinning this was the belief from detailed and focussed preparation, having great players and support team and ticking all the boxes.
Dave Brailsford pretty much owns the term ‘marginal gains’ these days but at the elite level this is what it boils down too.
Taking care of business is about ticking every single box meticulously.
Just some thoughts, but what do you think? What makes a successful business? A successful coach?
Let me know 🙂