18. May, 2017

Marco Sturm - A lucky guy or a great leader?

As starting point I would like to thank Ralph for being the first one to raise a comment on my BLOG, since I started back in July 2016. The only other comment so far was from a former colleague of mine. So thanks a lot for this, very much appreciated and to all Readers - let more comments come!! As the comment and reply field is very small some more details about my reply to Ralph below.

Ralph asked the following: Has this been a good example of leadership because they have been successful or because of other factors?

Marco Sturm - the head coach of the German ice hockey team is an experienced player, with a history even in the NHL (https://www.nhl.com/player/marco-sturm-8464979, http://www.iihfworlds2016.com/en/news/sturm-to-coach-germany/). Leading in an area of expertise can definitely be very helpful in the decision making process. But to be very honest, if you take a decision and everything goes well (like in this case for the German team to make it to the quarter final), you are the hero and nobody will ask, how you came to the decision in the first place.

But if you take the same decision and it will not work out in the end, you are the responsible person - the stupid guy - and everybody will question your decision making process and strategy. All the "so called experts" will come up with alternative ideas and a lot of pro and contra arguments - common practice in the world of sports and business.

In summary Marco Sturm is a great leader and motivator for me, with a lot of trust in his team and especially the young players. Last Tuesday night all this paid off and in combination with a lot of luck (18796 people and I have seen it in the arena), he has been successful in the end. Tonight at 08:15 PM German time the same decision can possibly lead to a different result against Canada, we will see 🤩.

One additional benefit of Ralph's comment was that I did look into statistics about decision making processes:

Inability to make decisions is one of the principal reasons executives fail. Deficiency in decision-making ranks much higher than lack of specific knowledge or technical know-how as an indicator of leadership failure. John C. Maxwell - American Clergyman, Born: 1947