Every team, every company needs a fuel: change. If you have the feeling that you reached your destination and do not have to improve anything, you will be overtaken, surpassed, perhaps even dismissed at the next opportunity.
Change has its own rhythms. Some are the result of clever strategic planning, some are a radical reaction to unforeseen events.
Strategic changes have the advantage of being prepared and gently implemented for a long time. Radical changes spring from the order of the day.
The German national football team is facing radical changes. They are the result of the unexpectedly weak performance at this World Cup.
Radical changes grow under pressure. They can and must be painful for some. But they have the advantage of quickly creating clear direction for the future. I hope that the leaders of our team face these challenges with the necessary vigour - and that the defeats at this World Cup are the foundation for future success.
There is no convenient time to face a defeat, just as there are no top athletes who like to lose. But there are losses that are important because they have a lasting impact.
Without a handful of defeats, I would not have been able to achieve the biggest victories of my career.
Through the painful memories of defeat, we (the players, trainers and staff) have been able to do the right thing. We have been able to identify, eliminate, and overcome errors of the past.
In the meantime, this culture and this mindset have also shaped the view of my entrepreneurial activities and how to deal with employees. It is crucial for future success.
The DFB team has this mindset deep in their culture as well, so I still have faith in what the team will bring to this World Cup.
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