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Organizing Talent: The “Secret of Success” at EURO 2016

Talent matters. Organizations with the best talent will be the winners of the future and organizations that struggle to attract or retain the best talent will find it increasingly difficult to succeed. When it comes to talent, the very survival of an organization is often at stake.

Meaningful Experience

An organization that offers a meaningful experience for all players gives itself the best opportunity of becoming successful. It is crucial that before players are admitted to the team, they have considered the offer to play for the team: Does being a member of this team provide me with a meaningful experience? Does it really matter?

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Flat Structure

Clearly, in order to succeed, an organization depends on the active participation of all the players working together. In this respect, a flat, open and inclusive organizational culture in which hierarchies are minimized is vital. An advantage of such a working environment is that it provides greater opportunities for personal expression and ensures that the organization remains relevant for all the players. Even the biggest “stars” — think Bale again — understand that their ability to succeed is contingent on the team functioning effectively, and this can only be achieved within a flat team culture where everyone is treated equally.

Personal Branding

The final principle of successful organizations is that they offer opportunities to build capacities and — by offering a meaningful experience — become an important part of an individual’s personal narrative. In this way, a sense of identity is actively constructed by an individual over the course of his or her “career”, rather than being passively derived from being a member of a organization.

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And There is More…

A combination of these principles operating together has proven vital in improving team performance. But there is more going on here than simply the success of an organization. Iceland’s Haka song (the “Viking cry”) — repeated by Wales after their win over Belgium — shows the capacity of a successful team to provide a powerful source of inspiration to others.

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