My football club has a new manager. So I set to thinking about just what he might be doing on his first day.
Clearly, there will be a need to be introduced to all the key people on his team – and not just the players – so that he has at least got some sort of idea of who does what and where each of them lies within his remit of management.
Of course his behaviours will come under quite a bit of scrutiny too and how he comes over will – at least for the beginning of his reign – create an environment which is very important for the early days.
Now, managers have an obligation to deliver results – none more obviously than a football manager. Positive results will be great if they are instantaneously successful and they will also need to stand the longer test of time, during which overall team performance will be judged.
Like in a race, position in a league gives an obvious assessment of how they do and by definition, how their manager has delivered too.
In the cut throat world of football management, managers are only judged on results and, perhaps sadly, not really how they deliver them.
So there are managers out there in the industry whose attitudes and behaviours run the whole range. From out and out dictators, to the highly approachable ‘people-persons’. There’s no simple template that sorts out the winners from the has-beens.
On that first day, there is probably one asset that will be second-to-none for this new manager.
In his interests too, listening carefully to what each and every member of his extended team say will build relationships and trust in him – with the added benefit that the longer he listens, the better he will understand the individuals who will have to perform their duties – often on his behalf as they cross that white line onto the pitch each week.
Best wishes then to Eddie Howe at Burnley FC!
For an extended range of activities that the best managers focus on on their first day, here’s a link to an article I wrote a while ago http://supersuccessfulmanager.com/blog/10-things-better-managers-do-on-their-first-day/