Thursday 01 November 2012
The secrets of good management came under scrutiny at a recent conference at St George’s Park.
Barclays Premier League managers, past and present, were brought together with counterparts from other divisions, countries and leading managers from other professions by the League Managers Association.
Joining them on stage to share their insights were Michael Johnson, the quadruple Olympic champion sprinter from the United States, and Tony Pulis, who is celebrating 10 years since first being appointed by Stoke City, whom he led back to the Barclays Premier League.
"You have to be strong to be a manager; you have to be tough physically and mentally and you gain that as you go along and you learn it as you go along," said Pulis.
"You have to be strong to be a manager, you have to be tough physically and mentally"
Johnson stressed the importance of man management to achieve success. "Each manager does that, creates a culture within his club that he feels is going to achieve success and so at the end of the day it's really the interpersonal relationships with a manager and his coaching staff and other staff and his players that really ultimately dictate the success of that club," the American said.
As well as learning from Johnson and Pulis, the managers attending heard from an eminent cardiologist, a politician as well as a composer, who got them singing, as they gave their insight on leadership in their field.
However, Pulis singled out one element that distinguishes his profession from those of many others. "The difference between a football industry and a normal industry is the emotion," he said.
"You know, we deal in emotion enormously, and especially the supporters. so if you win emotionally they're on a very high level, if you lose you can catch them at a bad level."
To watch the video and see more from Pulis and Johnson as well as former Liverpool and Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier click here