The magic of selecting an unstoppable team

16 July 2018

Winning the world cup has to be the pinnacle of any football player’s and their Manager’s career. The highlight of a journey that started the day they first fell in love with the sport, to the relentless and sometimes monotonous dedication of practice, training and discipline.

But it's not individuals that win World Cups. Indeed, one of the biggest differences between the finalists and all those teams that ultimately fell by the wayside, is the evolution and transition from a group of individuals into a true team.

A team with a singular purpose to conquer the world and be the very best they can be. To think as one, operate as one and deliver the one big goal, by scoring many goals along the way.

This is a team that has all the skills - that’s not in question. But it isn’t their skill that made the difference between winning and losing. Indeed, some of the teams with the best skilled players, were knocked out in the early rounds. So what was the glue that held this team together and enabled them to win through?

In the world of team compatibility we call this a highly functioning team who compliment each other’s style; collaborate with each other at the expense of personal glory; and who are highly compatible in the way they think, behave and operate together.

Teams like France become unstoppable because:

  1. Leadership: They are led by a Manager who has spent time getting to know each and every player and what makes them tick. He used a calculated selection process, rather than constantly trying out different players in different positions. His priority has been to create consistency by focusing on getting the team to gel together, communicate well and understand each other’s strengths and vulnerabilities.
  2. Coach: The team operates in a coaching culture focusing on their combined high value skills and strengths. With goalkeeper Hugo Lloris in excellent form behind the fast, astute central-defensive pairing of Raphael Varane and Samuel Umtiti, France was not only hard to score against but also packed with speed and flair to strike at goal with defence-shredding attacks.
  3. Compatibility: This was a highly compatible team. We call them a green arrow team. They played as one and were totally aligned to one vision, mission and set of values that made them rightful winners of the tournament. A tournament that saw creativity, daring strategies and styles of play that resulted in more exhilarating, exciting and end to end games than in any other World Cup.
  4. Belief: Making the final was not an easy journey, butwith abit of luck on their side,they pressed, persevered and prevailed over the opposition.  Like most great coaches, the Manager, Didier Deschamps did not claim the victory for himself, although it was clearly his unique strategy that got the result. “My personal pride is secondary though, I am happier to see the happiness of my players. My greatest joy is linked to theirs.”

The World Cup gives us a fantastic opportunity to analyse team performance and ask questions of our own teams. How can we build a winning team? What learnings can we take and apply from the past 2 months?

We passionately believe that in addition to the art of putting people together to make great teams, there is also a science to getting it more right than ever before. Our team profiling gives leaders, coaches and teams the confidence to interpret behavioural and cognitive thinking, match people together who perform better together and therefore predict the likelihood of the team’s success.

Contact us now to find out more about the New Level Results Team Compatibility programme and to get your free assesment

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