Squad planning – Finding, developing and keeping the best players

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What makes a successful soccer player and how do you recruit them? What characterises a winner? And how to find the right players for a team to get the most out of the group as a whole? In particular in times where there is a shortage of specialists, many parallels become apparent between soccer players and employees in companies. But even if you promote and develop a talent, how do you make sure that the player or the employee stays with the club or the enterprise?

Playing with the world’s elite once in your life, being one the best… and winning. This is what every boy playing soccer dreams about. The professional soccer player and keynote speaker Stefan Kuntz was able to live this dream. He won the European Soccer Championship in 1996 and came down in history as the scorer of the equaliser in the 1-1 draw in the semi-finals with England.

As coach and chairman of the board of a German soccer league team, Stefan Kuntz knows both sides of the coin; that of the employee as well as that of the employer. He used to be a player himself but as he admits, he was not gifted with talent but had to fight his way to the top with ambition and determination. On the other hand, he is also well aware of the position of the coach who, based on multiple criteria, has to make up a well-functioning team or that of the boss of a commercial enterprise who recruits employees and assumes responsibility for them.

Putting together a team in soccer has many parallels to finding personal in business. Of course, there are many young people that would like to play professional soccer but just as there is a shortage of specialists in business, it not that easy to find suitable „personnel“ in soccer either.

In his presentation, Stefan Kuntz provides answers and gives many examples on how to recognise and recruit young talents and how to find the right employees. How much talent is necessary to be successful in the end? What motivates players or employees to give their best? Where do the strategies in the high performance sector differ from those in our economy? Stefan Kuntz points out the parallels and gives practical tips to find, develop and, in particular, keep the best employees.

Let the Global Topspeaker give you a lot of highly interesting background information on professional soccer and use the synergies for your company’s success. Many amazing similarities between soccer coaches and executives will be revealed to the participants.

This presentation derives numerous practice-related tips for HR managers in trade and industry from examples provided by the world of soccer.

Contents of the presentation:

  • Talent development in soccer and business
  • Motivation strategies
  • Measures for “team building” and leadership
  • The coach and his staff of counsellors – the boss and his employees

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