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God is a Gooner! How to Grow Old in a Clan: Part 2
Posted by Dekko on May 24th 2009 18:20
"Uhm hmm ooh!?" you might say and it'd be a good question, soul stirring even, well done you.
However you'd be wrong, ha!
Yes, it's that time again as we ponder on clan life & how to improve your chances of survival when in it.
We can discuss & dissect all we like but the secrets of what makes a good clan isn't really hard nor is it a secret, it just requires effort and that's the part which separates the boys from the men.
Yep, if you want a successful clan you have to work hard and that is it.
However an article that does not make so here we shall continue to discuss & dissect the nuances of that hard work and we shall use football as a base of how to run a clan as the football team is a tried and tested method of corralling talent into team work and then team work into points, prizes and *affects Mexican accent* a tasto de glory!
If we talk football then we go to the home of football; Arsenal and we have to look at the pure football of the Invincibles and other winning teams for our inspiration.
The clubs motto is Victoria Concordia Crescit which translates as Victory Through Harmony and there's the rub! That is the best way not only to run a clan but to win. There are good winners and there are bad winners but there are also great winners and you have to decide which you want to be.
Bad winners cheat, good winners cheat & get away with it while great winners win with pride, passion and dignity
OK, so let's break the football team structure down into its components and compare them to their clan counterpart.
Today we'll look at managers.
All teams have a manager, a person who picks the team, who decides a plan of attack and who is in charge and is (hopefully) the team/clans respected figure head (Newcastle United take note).
Here are some thoughts on this most important of jobs;
1) The manager can't function without his players putting in their effort & performing their role to the best of their duties with respect for themselves & who they represent
2) If the manager has to be a psychologist more than a team manager then there are problems in the winning mentality of the team
3) If one or two players unsettle the dressing room by questioning the club and the manager then the team is going to have trouble performing on the pitch
These few points all apply to clans as much as they do football teams and the idle gossip which leads to battling with a manager over every decision is a place that kills clans and leads to a lose of vision, a rudderless direction for anyone involved and the sound of the morgue door being slammed shut will not be far behind.
I know as this is exactly what killed cG: Chilled Gaming, a clan I ran which was an uphill struggle the whole time.
A manager will have to be part boss, part psychiatrist, part father and part friend to get anywhere with his players, especially when dealing with the younger members of your team.
The day to day running of a clan shouldn't bog you down, keep control and focus on what you want to do and the players will respond to that, have a workable goal and stick to it.
At the first sign of any trouble makers/big mouths, the type who want to bring in all their mates because 'they're really good' kick them out straight away or it will be the end of your clan as you know it as Mr. Mouth will cause a clique, the death knell to team work as divisions will arise where said mouthy types gets the more impatient players on to his side and the mouthy one sows the seeds of derision, declaring that this or that player isn't good enough but so and so would be, we should get him and we should be playing this league etc etc.
Any experienced manager will have a story like this and if you're at this point then it's already too late. You need to cut the cancer out before it spreads and destabilizes your whole set up.
A manager's work is a thankless one unless you are winning everything. You will see the worst in people; greed, vanity, swollen ego, jealousy maybe even murder but you'll learn to hide the corpses well but and this is a big but (just like my wife’s, haha!) you will have those moments when everything gels and all the hard work will be worth it and everyone will be the best of mates until the next crisis.
To be a manager you need to be ambitious without arrogance and you need to be able to listen. Also, you must be willing to defend your players. You must be a touch cunning and you should be willing to work and be able to get others to want to work for you.