Three weeks ago, my good friend Thomas Michael Hogg wrote about the new 4 P’s for business success in adidas.This time around, he is back in this blog to discuss about one of those P’s: PERFORMANCE. I thank Thomas for taking the time to share with us his insight, experience and knowledge in this blog. Enjoy.
By Thomas Michael Hogg
In my last article I talked about the 4 crucial P’s for business success: Passion, Performance, Profit, and Purpose (https://asanvicente.wordpress.com/2011/07/17/lessons-learned-at-adidas-4ps-for-business-success-by-thomas-michael-hogg/). To be successful of course it is essential to do things with passion, to focus on being profitable, and to double-check that all your efforts have to do with the real purpose. But certainly, every success depends on PERFORMANCE. Performance is defined as “the execution of an action or the fulfillment of a request”. Moreover, the ability to perform is defined as efficiency.
Do you ever have had the feeling that you are not giving or reaching the 100% on what you do? Did you ever fail on something that seemed to be easy, even though you had a clear plan for? Do we sometimes fail to execute a responsibility in business or even in real life?
Well, I did so at many times. Of course, nobody is perfect, but we should learn and reflect on the things that might help us to be better managers and human beings. The person that first comes to my mind thinking about BEST performance is Franz Beckenbauer. He was not only football world champion as the captain of the German squad in 1974, but also he repeated this success as team manager 1990 in Italy. Moreover, with the club Bayern Munich, he won three consecutive European Champions League titles from 1974 to 1976, and the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1967. Beckenbauer is the only professional player to captain three European Cup winning sides. He went on to become coach and president of the club’s institution and he is also a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame. Even though, these facts give us clear evidence that the “Kaiser” had got a successful performance on and off the pitch, there are two other initiatives that I believe are really admirable.
Firstly, Franz Beckenbauer’s performance to host the Football World Cup 2006 in Germany. Surely, every sports and football fan do remember the perfect organized World Cup in 2006. Joseph Blatter claimed during the tournament: “This is the best World Cup of all time. Never before has an event been presented in such an emotional and global manner.” Behind the success story standed one man, Franz Beckenbauer. He led Germany’s successful bid to host the 2006 FIFA World Cup chairing the organizing committee. In conclusion, not only he won the World Cup as a player and team manager, but also he brought the world cup to his home country in 2006 with a remarkable performance. Beckenbauer and his team prepared the Germany’s 2006 application very thorough and with careful attention to detail: best performance due to perfect execution. He worked for nine long years to present Germany as a host in all over the world.
Secondly, Beckenbauer is heading highly successful his own foundation. Franz Beckenbauer has always been aware that his privileged position is due not least to a gift. He has always had a way not only with all things football, but with people, too – in complete control on the pitch, yet a charming and attentive listener at all other times. The Franz Beckenbauer Foundation’s mission is to help those in need, both financially and with advice. Unbureaucratic, fast and effective help is given to the mentally and physically disabled and to those who find themselves in need through no fault of their own. “Our means are directed to a well-defined purpose. Decisions about which groups, which projects, or which persons shall be supported are made quickly and without unnecessary bureaucracy. Helping people in need and commitment to the environment we live in, are the ambitions of my foundation and of our donors”, mentioned Beckenbauer on a letter to donors.
One of my former bosses at adidas had the privilege to get to know Mr Beckenbauer. He described him as “a person who pays huge attention to preparation. Furthermore, he works incredible hard until reaching his goals and never gives up.”
The life success story of Beckenbauer is showing me that there are 4 other crucial P’s that we have to consider to perform best and to execute successfully:
– PERSEVERANCE, &
Remember: TO WIN at the end of the day YOU have to PERFORM best. Therefore, prepare yourself, pay attention to details, be professional, do not give up, and take into account that it is about people.
“It is not the strong one that wins, the one that wins is strong.” – Quote of Franz Beckenbauer –
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