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Anatomy of a winning team

08/06/2016 / Comments 0

Anatomy of a winning team

With the big kick-off to Euro 2016 now just around the corner, we wondered whether businesses can learn anything from the selection dilemmas that the 24 managers will be encountering before each match.

Take the England manager Roy Hodgson, for example. Amid all the talk about formations, diamonds, split strikers and where on earth Wayne Rooney should play, he has asserted that it’s the players, not systems, that make the difference.

So if we apply this to the world of business, just what does it take to build a successful team? Youthful exuberance? Experience? Flair? And how can all these facets fit together in a system that works? We believe we’ve come up with the winning formula to make your business world beaters.


Every business needs a safe pair of hands, someone who can take on and deal with anything that’s thrown at them. Not only are they happy to get their hands dirty and jump straight into projects and tasks, but they also thrive off the level of responsibility that brings.

Full backs

A bit of an all-rounder, someone who’s disciplined and reliable but will also chip in with new ideas and provide crucial support to the rest of your team. It can be a fine balance between them fulfilling their primary duties and giving them the licence to be a bit more expansive.

Centre backs

The dependables; these are your rocks of the business. They might not be bursting with new ideas, but they’re experienced, composed when working under pressure and provide the foundations for the rest of your team to thrive from.

Defensive midfielder

These are the unsung heroes of your team that bring vital experience and stability to your line-up. To their colleagues they are invaluable and looked up to, passing on their advice and knowledge for the whole team’s benefit. They keep things simple, put out any fires as they arise and allow the more creative departments to do their thing.

Centre midfielder

The engine room of the business. It doesn’t matter what you throw at them or how much work they have on, they’ll work their socks off for the benefit of the team. And with their versatility and never-say-die attitude, they will contribute to all aspects of the business.

Attacking midfielder

This person possesses the key to generating new business opportunities. They’re creative individuals that excel in a team environment. Although not everything they try will work, they should be encouraged to keep trying new things in the knowledge that, when it does pay off, you’ll get a great result.


These are your flair employees. Though they might be young and raw, you know they’ve got undoubted potential that, if nurtured in the right way, could generate lots of new business opportunities. What they may lack in experience is more than made up for in exuberance and passion, and they are brimming with new ideas.


Every business needs someone to convert the opportunities being presented to them, and your strikers will achieve this on a regular basis. Composed under pressure and with a good conversion ratio, their sole focus is to deliver the goals the business needs to reach new heights.


While every team has its star individuals, you mustn’t forget the support staff that keep morale high and fill in wherever’s necessary. And if you’re still lacking the skills and expertise on the bench to complete a job, you can always look outside the squad to outsourced support in order to fill any resource gaps.

Does this resonate with your team? Are there any positions your business is missing, or key positions that we’ve missed? Have your say in the comments section below!


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