Today’s blog post is by 10Eighty CEO and Founder Michael Moran. He has a passion for helping people maximise their potential and believes everyone should have job satisfaction and a successful career and helps organisations design jobs and career paths that maximise employee engagement.
Don’t be misled. This isn’t a football book. I love the fusion of football and business psychology. In Damian’s usual forthright style it is also a self help book designed to take the lessons of a very successful football coach, what psychological research tells us, to enable you to apply these lessons and research to your leadership style and your business.
It’s not so much the Barcelona way but the Pep Guardiola way. I was lucky enough to be reading Damian’s book as the same time as I was watching the excellent Amazon Prime series All or Nothing Manchester City. You get the chance to see Guardiola in action, playing out the behaviours Damian references in the book. Of course we now know that Guardiola’s leadership or perhaps more accurately his coaching style has worked equally well in Munich and Manchester.
The essence of the book is how to build a winning culture and taking the reader through the steps necessary to build that culture. The book is superbly referenced, one of Damian’s great skills is his ability to advertise the work of lesser known business psychologists. I found myself constantly making notes in my kindle for future reference. By way of example, how about the research of Canadian Economist John Helliwell who found a 10% increase in employee trust in a company’s leaders has the same impact on their life satisfaction as receiving a 36% pay increase.
I therefore highly commend this book.
Leaving with my favourite Pep quote from the book “what I have learnt over the years…I am aware tactics are very important, but the really really great coaches are coaches of people and that human quality is what makes them better than the rest”. Are you listening Jose!