Values, from the top down?
July 21, 2010 5 Comments
The company I work for have a published set of values and these values are shared throughout the business, from the top down.
There are six values which were set by the Exec Board a number of years ago and they’re shared openly and widely, both internally and externally (with customers). The directors are expected to “live the values” and they in turn pass these down to department managers, group leaders and team leaders who then pass these on to the staff. Everyone at the company is measured against their ability to live the values and this forms part of an overall view of an employee which then ultimately impacts on their salary, bonus etc.
Now, I’m not qualified to talk about this if I’m honest because I’m not a coach, nor have I coached at a football club before (I’ve played for plenty and organised a few training sessions but it hardly counts). However, from the reading I’ve done it seems that there can quite frequently be a disparity between various people at a football club and most notably it’s between the coaching staff.
You would expect a club to be a collection of teams and more often than not it is the name of the club which carries an outward facing perception rather than an individual team within the club [i.e. I would expect all of Arsenals teams to play good football and all Leeds teams to be dirty*]. So with this in mind you would expect there to be unity at a football club, both with regard the way the club is run & managed and the ethos behind the development of players within the club.
I would imagine that disparity in the ethos of a club would hinder the ability for a child to develop as a footballer within that club, especially if coaches are assigned to age groups rather than teams. You can picture the scene – the U11 coach works really hard to develop his players technically and focuses on passing & movement before the U12 coach chucks all that out of the window and harbours intentions only of winning matches & playing directly [complete contrast helps the argument!].
Therefore, shouldn’t there be more happening at clubs to create a shared ethos that each and every individual connected to the club buys in to? The child, the coach, the manager, the secretary and the parent all bought in to one view of how the club approaches it’s football? “Player development over winning”, that sort of stuff…
Alas, I am new and naive so I may be talking in the land of the fairies but it is worrying to think that such a simple thing could have such an impact on young players.
Am I in cloud cuckoo land here? Am I making the problem sound worse than it really is? Or am I on to something with this perception I’ve built? Interested to hear your thoughts…
*P.S Only joking Leeds fans.