Carlo Ancelotti is probably one of the greatest football coaches to have ever stepped on the field. Though some may say he is a rather unassuming character, he has won a lot of titles. He has won every title possible in the countries he has managed in, including 5 Champions League trophies (quite literally regarded to be the top honor for a club). Carlo has a very remarkable CV that many could only dream of as a football manager and a player, and his teachings not only apply to the football world, but spread across business and management as well.
I was very excited to have picked this book up and began digging in. Very quickly I arrived at the page where Carlo started managing Chelsea, my favorite football club, and I could not put this book down. It was a fantastic read. The best part about the book was that there was a little summary at the end of every chapter so the takeaways stick to you. It is a brilliant reference point to apply these bits of knowledge in our everyday life.
Now, I am nowhere near a quiet person, but we all have to learn to be quiet at times, especially at work. There are two main lessons I have learned throughout the book and it stays with me to this day.
Lesson Number 1: Know when to NOT force
During Carlo's time at Real Madrid, he wanted superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, to play in the striker position. In Carlo's mind, there was only one thing - to make Ronaldo a record-breaking, goal-scoring machine. However, Ronaldo expressed his preference to play in the winger position because he thought he could perform better there. Carlo did not force his way through and instead, told Ronaldo, “you know where to play best, and I am just going to let you do that.”
At the end of the day, Ronaldo was right and he played superbly. This was a brilliant management decision by Carlo, and my 2 key takeaways from this was not to force things, and that not even one of the best managers in the world will always knows what’s best, so sometimes you just have to trust your colleagues, believe in them and let them achieve their potential. Your way is not the only way to achieve the same goal and may not be the way best suited for your teammates, so be open-minded.
Lesson Number 2: Patience and Due Diligence
Before Carlo moved to manage Chelsea, he had 10 meetings with the owner of the club. Unlike us who have regular meetings scheduled every day, Carlo had much more on his plate. He has to travel with his team for the packed fixture schedule, he has meetings with players, dealing with management, and so much more. Despite that, he still met the owner 10 times before making the decision to move to Chelsea. Why? Carlo stated that he was making sure that he would make a well-informed decision and not rush into conclusions. He needed to know more about the club, the culture, the players, even on how the owner liked his tea. Just kidding about the tea but you get the idea. Due diligence and patience is so important. We often rush into opportunities because we think it is a once-in-a-lifetime chance and it will never come again- 'This is the job offer of a lifetime! I should definitely take it!'
It is okay to be excited but we have to stay composed and work out the math, work out if it’s the right decision and work out if it’s the right fit beforehand. Making the right decisions often takes time, and often there is no need to rush, so don’t always jump into things, take your time and figure out the details, in life, in business, in football, wherever it may be.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Zlatan Ibrahimović, Sir Alex Ferguson, all legends in football (in case you are not a football fan), gave powerful testimonials for Carlo's book. It proves to us that Carlo has left a mark on these star players and fellow managers that are very well respected, both in regards to football and management. Carlo definitely is a person that we should all look up to and learn from.
Written by Ryan Pun, Brand Ambassador at RAW Compliance
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