Creating lines of success

You’re only as good as your last game. That’s something you’ll commonly hear in football but it’s equally relevant in business when it comes to performance.

The fact is that creating success is challenging enough, but maintaining it over extended periods of time seems to be something that only a select few can achieve.

Time and time again you’ll hear people recounting achievements from an earlier point in their career and endeavouring to ride a continuous wave of success. However, sooner or later the wave will become a ripple and the reality sets in that sustained success requires a relentless investment of hard work as well as natural talent.

The success of Liverpool Football Club of the 70s and 80s not only lay in its commitment to consistent improvement in those decades, but to the vision, values and strong leadership intentions as its new era evolved in the 60s. Although it is presently in a state of change the success of Manchester United of the 90s and into this decade were built around the clear vision, values and intentions of a charismatic leader.

Sport and business requires strong leadership and a clear vision to encourage achievement. In order to create a legacy via a consistently high performance, you must give consideration to the following 10 steps:

  1. Sustained success is impossible without a clear vision, values and leadership intentions.
  1. It requires an ability to make informed decisions, often under intense pressure.
  1. Creating a legacy of success isn’t about claiming your own glory, but about the organisation itself – its reputation is a reflection of all you have put into it.
  1. Invest in the future. Remember your future is your people.
  1. Build a team who are not afraid of exploiting their talents. As Arsene Wenger quotes in The Manager (2013) “Build people, not just players. It is down to the manager to provide a valid channel for that motivation to express itself.”
  1. Nurture a team who are able to draw upon the talents of their teammates. It’s a collaborative effort remember.
  1. Create a team who “share the glory” (Walsh, 2009).
  1. Ensure your team are not afraid of failure. They should not accept failure lying down but see it as their next challenge.
  1. Build a team where leadership percolates down and make sure it’s devoid of selfish individualism and that narcissism is not allowed to develop.
  1. Know when to ‘move to improve’ and how to use change as a springboard for creating opportunity to develop your team.

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