Dear Fussballenglisch Fans
Over the past few days I have been congratulated so many times I have started to believe I did actually play for Germany in the World Cup (I can tell you it's hard work basking in World Cup glory, particularly when trying not to come across as too smug, and I stopped wearing my Germany shirt yesterday to avoid being 'pestered'). Most of my English colleagues and friends (who still do not send Christmas cards to Maradona) were particularly pleased that the match wasn't decided by the hand of God but by the foot of Göt(ze). And a lot also commented that 'the best team won'.
When I delivered another session on teamwork to my customers today I thought of the above comment. I am sure most of you will agree that effective teams consist of team members who communicate well, support each other, share information and knowledge, respect each other, follow agreements and rely on planning and hard work, rather than on praying to God and singing the Brazilian national anthem as loud as possible. Not to forget the team leader who puts the right people into the right position and changes the strategy if necessary.
Meticulous preparation and planning also play a part in being successful. It doesn't surprise me that the German headquarters in Brazil were the only World Cup building that was completed on schedule.
My appeal to you: Give all the boys that made this success possible, a warm welcome at the Veltins Arena next season before the match (and that should also include our special friends Manuel Neuer and Kevin Großkreutz). I for one will be able to salute our two Schalke World Champions on 9 August at White Hart Lane when Schalke play Tottenham in a friendly match.
Enjoy the weekend!