”There is a divine purpose behind everything
and therefore a divine presence in everything.”
– Neale Donald Walsch –
What is unity in a club, and how do we recognise and affect it?
Unity is not a state in which we all think the same, a space where everyone is friends and the club has no problems.
Every member of the management board, every fan, coach, and player have strengths and weaknesses. Good clubs are those where the strengths are multiplied, and the weaknesses subtracted.
Unity is chemistry which enables the whole to be larger than the sum of its parts.
The tool that either builds or destroys unity is communication. Good communication defuses tensions created by differences between people, while bad communication creates tensions where there shouldn’t be any.
The biggest enemy of unity is ego. The walls built by ego between people are difficult to knock down and to much energy is spend on going around them, so there isn’t much time left to build a good club.
The consequence of this kind of performance is that there are clubs formed within a club.
Management board members have “their people in their club”,
coaches have “their teams”,
and players have “their groups in the changing room”.
Personal interest becomes the most important thing to people, and they don’t care about the overall improvement of the club.
Their narrow viewpoint means they can’t see that they will achieve personal improvement more easily if the club becomes better.
On the other hand, a better cooperation with a common goal in mind means people will put in more effort. It is important to understand that cooperation does not mean single-mindedness, but an honest and open communication, because only an honest and open communication enables everyone to accept differences in opinions and the creation of a common vision.