Whatever playing style or formation is chosen it’s pretty certain the winning team will have developed a certain team culture around sustained ‘Excellence’. The desire to create a culture would have been initiated and nurtured by the team’s Head Coach (often described in the UK as ‘Manager’). Is it important to develop a Culture? Patrick Lencioni in his research identified the Five Dysfunctions of a Team. You may want to use the simple questionnaire he devised here to establish how functional/dysfunctional your team, check out the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dRKa700RaQ
He identified these characteristics of winning teams
1. They trust one another.
2. They engage in unfiltered conflict around ideas.
3. They commit to decisions and plans of actions.
4. They hold one another accountable for delivering against those plans.
5. They focus on the achievement of collective results.
Sir Alex Ferguson in this video here reemphasizes similar points here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7YmvCbbbIg
This is a case study on how Egypt has dominated soccer in Africa by creating a culture of excellence http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5Qvrxn1L14
To develop a healthy team culture the coach must recognize his or her strengths and weaknesses as outlined in these clips from Arsene Wenger and Roy Hodgson
Howard Wilkinson, former FA Technical Director and LMA Chairman poses these questions to the hypothetical manager, Jason, of the team created for the Scenarios for this course
The English League Managers Association (LMA) in 2010 launched an online course ‘Creating a Culture of Excellence’ involves 6 modules:
1. Increasing your awareness of ‘What is a Culture of Excellence’
2. Reflecting on your own Strengths and Weaknesses
3. Developing a set of values that define you
4. Establishing realistic objectives
5. Knowing how to achieve these objectives
6. Improving your communication
The course was recognized by UEFA and the Football Associations of England, Scotland, Holland and Iceland for the retention of UEFA Coaching Awards. In the first two years since the launch, over 1,000 coaches from 35 countries have enrolled including at least one coach on to the course from 60% of Premier League and Football League clubs in England
(Courtesy of Robin Russell, Sportspath)