Building for Success – Lessons Learned from Pep Guardiola

Building for Success – Lessons Learned from Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola has achieved enormous success in such a short space of time. He rose to prominence with Barcelona where the trophy return rate was unprecedented. Following this – he took a break before regenerating Bayern Munich into a different team and has built a foundation there for sustained success. His next coaching role brought him to Manchester City where he has access to almost unlimited funds and he is now building a solid contender to compete with the European elite.

We take a look at why he has gained so much success and what we can learn from it!

INNOVATION

Pep has to be credited with the creation/popularization of the false 9 role that he had Lionel Messi play! Yes, the advantage of having one of the greatest players ever to play the game in your team is a large part but Pep found a way to maximize his impact through the false 9 role!

Just because something is ALWAYS done a certain way, it doesn’t mean that it should always be done that way and that you cannot find a better/more efficient/more success way to do something. It takes analysis and forward thinking!

DETAILS

Pep is meticulous in his preparation and will watch many games of his upcoming opponents in order to gain the knowledge needed to develop a plan to win the game!

Are you analyzing the competition/you opponents/barriers to market entry? Or are you trying to create something so good that it will be successful regardless of those outside factors! I urge you to be aware of anything that could effect your success and plan accordingly!

THE TEAM

The team is bigger than any individual and Pep is not afraid to exercise that in his actions. He has moved on from his teams Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Samuel Eto’o are 2 such examples and more recently at Manchester City he dropped fans favorite Joe Hart as he felt he didn’t have the build up play ability required to play in a ‘Pep Guardiola’ team.

You have to be true to the goal that you are working towards and that may often involve some hard decisions for the betterment of what you are doing. This is a very difficult process, and we don’t all have the success and power of Guardiola that we can easily do this and not face the repercussions but certainly something to consider.

STRIVE FOR EXCELLENCE

You only have to read the books about Pep Guardiola to discover how much analysis goes on after games. He is never satisfied and has many, many conversations to break down the game. The team could have won 3-0 but it was not won the right way and he sees many things that he wants improving. He is not willing to settle despite getting the right result – it is very much about the process and a continually improvement.

We have all been guilty of this, in whatever form is relevant – whether it is a test, a game you have coached, a business transaction. You have got the desired result but you have not performed to the best of you ability and to the planned performance expectations. Next time you do something successful – take a look at it and see how you could improve it!

COMMIT

Pep commits to the process and plays the long game. His role at Bayern and more recently at Manchester City has come with more frequent defeats than he was used to at Barcelona but Pep believes in his style of play and the tactical plan he imposes on the team. Mistakes happen and they are part of the process – but he continues to build and work on that plan and Bayern and like I said, more recently Manchester City have seen the benefits of this.

John Stones is a prime example – he has received a lot of praise for his skill and composure at playing out of the back but he also has fierce critics that he makes too many mistakes. Pep believes in him and understands that mistakes are part of his development – I do to and I think we have another Gerard Piqué on our hands.

If you have a game plan and you are trying to impose a style of play on a team then you need to realize that it will take time. You also have to have the confidence that it will happen and share that with ALL that are involved and affected by it in order to get ‘buy-in’ and support!

 

 

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