UEFA Euro 2016 review

Management Lessons

Euro 2016 is over and we look back over the past month to see what the world of business can learn from the tournament, teams and managers.

Portugal Euro 16 Champions Portugal started with three straight draws in the group stages before sparking to life in the knock-out rounds. Vastly experienced coach Fernando Santos not only has made Portugal — unbeaten in 13 competitive games since 2014 — extremely hard to beat, but he has also mastered the art of the “slow burn”.
Management lesson: Winning in business is a long, hard and winding road. The best managers know how to pace their team — when to go slow, when to fire on all cylinders. Peaking at the right time is key to winning.

Germany Coach, Joachim Löw quickly addressed his strangely offensive touchline habits.
Management lesson: If a mistake's been made, address it, apologise and learn from it so the team can move on.

France France’s coach Didier Deschamps axed the highly controversial star striker Karim Benzema from his squad.
Management lesson: One bad apple can sow disharmony within a talented team. Hire and recruit wisely.

Wales Wales’ magical run to the semi-finals was no fluke. They used technology and data well to gain an advantage.
Management lesson: Using data analytics and technology to gain that edge over your competition is key to winning, in sports and in business.

England Coach Roy Hodgson didn’t know who his best XI were and failed to do his homework on Iceland.
Management lesson: Never underestimate your competitor.

Iceland Iceland’s coach Lars Lagerback demanded full professionalism not just from his players but in every aspect.
Management lesson: By hiring the right people to fit into your team, a winning culture can be instilled and expectations exceeded.

Italy Devoid of any real star quality, Italy managed to send reigning Euro champs Spain out in the knock-out stages.,
Management lesson: A united team that's more than the sum of their individual parts can upset the competition.

Belgium The fancied and talented Belgian team flattered to deceive — again, with Marc Wilmots at the helm.
Management lesson: A talented team is only as good as its leader..

Ukraine With a record of three losses Ukraine's performance was predictable, one-dimensional and short of ideas.
Management lesson: Sometimes, fresh ideas are needed when something in your team isn't working.

Russia At one point, fan behaviour threatened to get Russia expelled from Euro 2016.
Management lesson: Consider your brand's image and reputation at all times.

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