Book Review : The Barcelona Way unlocking the DNA of a winning culture

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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!

Michael is Chief Executive of 10Eighty. 10Eighty is a career and talent management consultancy that helps organizations maximize the contribution of their employees by ensuring satisfying jobs and careers for their employees. Michael is a Human Resources professional, having worked in the National Health Service, Insurance, Commodities and Derivatives industries. He has worked within the career coaching business for fifteen years, both managing a £7 million business and delivering bespoke, one to one career coaching. In the last 15 years Michael has run businesses that have helped 75,000 people make successful career transitions. He is a frequent commentator in the press/media, which includes a range of topics on “successfully managing your career” and talent management. Most recent media mentions have included BBC South, CNBC, Radio4, Financial Times, City AM, Financial News, Evening Standard, The Sunday Times, The Grapevine and HR Magazine, to name but a few. He writes a careers column for People Management, a blog for the Human Resources Magazine and is a regular contributor to The Thompson Reuters HR Portal. Michael is known as a thought provoking speaker in the HR industry. In the last 18 months, Michael spoke at the Careers Partner International Conference, NHS breakthrough conference, NHS North West Leadership Academy, London School of Economics, University of Westminster’s Talent Management Conference, ICAEW Finance Directors Conference, CIPD learning and development conference and CIPD branch seminars. He is also Chair of the CIPD’s Central London Branch. Additionally is a non executive director of Marshall ACM, an e-learning company and the Total Reward Group, a compensation and benefits consultancy. Michael plans to publish his book “The guide to everlasting employability” in the Autumn 2012. He has just launched an iphone app “careers snakes and ladders” and an online interactive version of the book in collaboration with Marshall ACM to coincide the launch of his new business 10Eighty. Michael has a degree in Economics, a MBA from Warwick Business School and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. He holds an accreditation from the British Psychological Society for the use of psychometrics. Michael has completed the Fairplace Internal Accreditation Programme, the training element of which is externally recognised by the Association for Coaching. Michael Moran was until January 2012 Chief Executive of Fairplace and a main board director of Savile plc, the career and talent management consultancy. Fairplace is part of the Savile Group, an AIM listed plc. The Savile Group was placed 16th in the Sunday Times top 100 small companies in 2010.

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