Like any group, the euro zone is driven by moods and feelings. From a purely psychological standpoint, then, it would be best if France won the Euro 2016 soccer tournament semi-final this Sunday and not neighboring Germany.
Not only did Germany win the 2014 World Cup, it also generates strong export surpluses that the other euro-zone members cannot touch – certainly not France, which could use a boost.
In the merciless world of soccer, however, feelings and psychology don’t count as much. A host of other factors are more important, most notably the ability of the coach.
From a business standpoint, coaches are a bit like product managers who for a very short period are responsible for extremely sensitive, spoiled employees who earn more than they do. Although coaches are in a position that most business leaders would avoid at all costs, what can the latter learn from the former?