This weekend preparing this blogpost, I ran into a brilliant quote from Johan Cruijff. At a conference a few years ago for the Dutch local government, he told a great story about a talented blind golfer, Ronald Boef he played golf with. Despite his handicap, Ronald Boef played his best golf in difficult mental circumstances like playing balls over a big pond or consistent putting. The conclusion of Johan Cruijff: "Ronald doesn’t “see" the problems, he is only focussing on the next target. He thinks from a positive mindset". I couldn’t agree more. In my opinion, this is one of the fundamentals behind eXtreme Manufacturing (XM) and the reason why the Dutch team didn’t made it through the WorldCup finals.
Like many consultants, topsport is an inspiring source for me. Almost every day I show or tell stories from great sport coaches like Marc Lammers or Johan Cruijjff. Like every major sports event, also this WorldCup in Brasil contained some interesting lessons for me I wanted to share with you.