Pep Guardiola, the coach of the world supply chain
When Pep Guardiola arrives at a club, he comes with a comprehensive list of requirements that prompts the entire organizational culture to rethink its approach. The return on investment of his high salary, which stands at €1.9 million per month at Manchester City, justifies itself every month, but his salary alone is not what drives him and the club to success. It was once said about him that he “coaches the parts and not the whole, but he coaches the parts to be part of the whole. ” In other words, every segment in the team (and even in the supply chain) needs to reach its full potential for the whole to be even greater than the sum of its parts. Besides a few elements of the game, such as quick passing and high pressing, he doesn’t have a ‘classic’ playing style that defines him.
Instead, he makes adjustments based on the existing parts, and all the players move according to what happens on the field. As part of his requirements, when he arrives at a club, he brings a team of experts whom he trusts. Assistant coaches, scouts, fitness coaches, nutritionists, physiotherapists, and more—he brings organizational knowledge inside the club’s walls. Initially, the players may not always understand what he wants and why they can’t eat junk food here and there, but when the titles come, everyone forgets that they haven’t had a burger in a year.
In fact, when he joined Manchester City, he was so concerned about the players’ nutrition that it reached a point where he required them to eat their three meals together—meals prepared by a chef specializing in sports nutrition, of course, whom he brought with him. By the way, the players’ families are also invited to eat with the team.
All of these factors contribute to cohesion and understanding between the players and the staff, and the results are evident on the field. Most of his time is spent on preparing for matches rather than boring tactical training sessions that players don’t enjoy. He analyzes statistical data, identifies weaknesses and strengths, and frees the players to focus on their core action—playing football. It’s a kind of automation!
So, if you’ve made it this far and you’re interested in knowing how to bring the Guardiola of the world supply chain to your club, watch Chen Goldner, Vice President of Logistics and Supply Chain at FRITZ, explain in TheMarker’s video magazine ‘Turning Point’ about the solution of insourcing in the world supply chain.
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