Well that was unexpected, with less than four months remaining until the European championship takes place, Fabio Capello has resigned as the man in charge of taking the England football team to potential glory (or more likely further unfulfilled expectation)…
The impact of such a resignation is of great significance. How does a business as large and powerful as the FA go about replacing a man with such world renowned kudos, and respect, as a football manager who has done it all?
When a manager resigns, whether they are under or over performing, liked or disliked, respected or not, it always has an impact, this is true in any business. But are powerful managers that indispensable that we should be concerned the moment they decide the time is right to move on to pastures new? Should we worry that without the captain the ship will sink and that with the loss of our leaders the rest will follow?
It’s true that to under-value a top performer is a dangerous strategy and one that could result in loss, but we are all humans and regardless of any persons capability at any given time, nobody is irreplaceable? Before King Kenny, there was Paisley and before Paisley there was Shanks.
It’s business evolution, it’s a cycle of people, working for businesses when the time is right for them and when they have the motivation to succeed. The timing is imperative, if you hold onto a manager for too long based on their previous success this could be a costly exercise, yet, if you undervalue an ‘up and coming’ person, there head may just be turned and you will lose years of value.
A difficult balance to find right?
If England are going to achieve the desired outcome at Euro 2012, they have to move intelligently making calculated decisions based on the best interests of the current team, and, the future progress of England as a whole.
So what do England need?
Any team is made up of a selection or personalities, often the ‘elite’ performers perhaps have a tendency to think that maybe they know best. A manager coming into an environment where the previous manager had such respect is difficult for anyone, you’re instantly on the back foot. Without recruiting a manager who has this experience in their locker, the players are more liable to question there decisions.
If you are liked, you are popular. If you are popular, people will want to do there best for you. A personable manager can offer charisma and charm to win the players over and someone that can immediately warm the dressing room and bring people together. The danger in this scenario is that personable managers lacking an undertone of authoritative leadership can lead to them getting taken advantage of or it can allow the team to take a more relaxed approach.
If you have experience, you have credibility. If you have personality, you can work with people as individuals and understand their motivators. If you have both, the combination can lead to respect in the working environment and results when it comes to performance.
Many businesses make decisions based on what they know or what they have done previously. They lose an experienced manager, they replace this person with someone else of similar stature. So many times we have seen this scenario offer a huge financial implication, such as if the manager just signed a five year deal but six months down the line it doesn’t work out, you wave goodbye to a huge financial package as a business. England need immediate stability, and, immediate respect. Then, moving forward, they need a permanent manager that can nurture the youth and lean on the experience of the team, building an environment that offers long term, sustainable success.
Take the experienced manager on a contract, until the project in question is complete, in this case the Euro’s. Then, appoint a manager with the personality, and, a level of experience to lead the team permanently. Guus Hiddink is not a manager looking for another five years in football, Harry Redknapp is a manager that does not have world stage experience. Guus Hiddink has the immediate experience to offer stability and a higher percentage chance of success at the Euro’s, whereas Redknapp has the motivation and desire to lead England after the Euro’s to the next world cup and beyond.
The next time you need to recruit unexpectedly, avoid the dreaded ‘counter offer’. As I have seen so many times, once that seed is planted that someone has thought about leaving, it rarely is the case that this ever truly changes, no matter how ‘valuable’ you believe they are, let them go.
There are plenty more fish in the sea!
Dale is an experienced business owner and director with past successes gained from new business development, account management, man management, leadership and motivation. Dale excelled in previous performance related roles prior to establishing a niche market new business project in Yolk Recruitment Ltd. @dalewills9 Dale on Google+