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The Matildas coach, Tony Gustavsson and How To Bridge the Gap Between Vision and Execution

Written by: Greg Weiss

Football fans have been transfixed by the FIFA Women’s World cup, hosted by Australia and New Zealand. 

Australia’s female football team, The Matildas, have now surpassed the successes of Australia’s male football team, the Socceroos.  How did they do this? And how can we apply this to business? 

In the world of sports, there are coaches who are known for their vision. They can see the big picture and articulate a clear path to victory. But even the best visionaries need someone to help them turn their ideas into reality. That’s where the Integrator/”Make-Things-Happen” leader comes in.

An Integrator/”Make-Things-Happen” leader is someone who bridges the gap between vision and execution. They take the big ideas of the Visionary and break them down into smaller, more manageable tasks. They then work with their team to ensure that those tasks are completed in a timely and efficient manner.

The Matildas’ coach, Tony Gustavsson, is a great example of an Integrator/”Make-Things-Happen”. He has a clear vision for the team: to be the best in the world. But he also knows that it’s not enough to just have a vision. He needs to be able to execute on that vision.  

That’s why Gustavsson has put a lot of emphasis on building a cohesive and dynamic team. He has brought together players from all over the world with different strengths and skills. And he has created a system that allows those players to work together effectively.

The result is a team that is both talented and adaptable. The Matildas can switch up their tactics based on the opponent and the game situation. They are also resilient and show they never give up.

Gustavsson’s success as an Operations Manager/”Make-Things-Happen” leader is a testament to his ability to understand and leverage the strengths of his team. He knows that every player has something unique to offer. And he is able to put those players in positions where they can thrive.

If you want to be a ”Make-Things-Happen” leader, here are a few things you can do:

Understand your team’s strengths and weaknesses. The first step to effective integration is understanding the unique skills and abilities of your team members. What are they good at? What are they not so good at? Once you have a good understanding of your team’s strengths and weaknesses, you can start to build a system that allows them to work together effectively.

Be adaptable. The world of business is constantly changing. In order to be successful, you need to be able to adapt to change. This means being willing to change your plans as needed and being able to pivot when necessary.

Be a good communicator. In order to be an effective Operations Manager”Make-Things-Happen”Leader, you need to be able to communicate effectively with your team. This means being able to clearly articulate your vision and being able to listen to and understand the concerns of your team members.

Be a motivator. It’s not enough to just have a good plan. You also need to be able to motivate your team to execute on that plan. This means being able to inspire them and get them excited about the work they are doing.

In addition to the qualities mentioned above, here are some other characteristics that make for a good Integrator, ”Make-Things-Happen” leader or Operations Manager::

Strategic thinking. Integrator leaders need to be able to think strategically and see the big picture. They need to be able to understand the current state of the business and how it needs to change in order to achieve its goals.

Problem-solving skills. ”Make-Things-Happen” leaders need to be able to solve problems quickly and efficiently. They need to be able to identify the root cause of problems and develop solutions that address those root causes.

People skills. Operations Managers, ”Make-Things-Happen” leaders need to be able to work effectively with people from all different backgrounds and with different skill sets. They need to be able to build trust and rapport with their team members and create a positive and productive work environment.

If you can do the things Tony Gustavsson does, you will be well on your way to becoming an great  integrator leader. 

And as a result, you will be able to bridge the gap between vision and execution and help your team achieve its goals.Just like the Matildas.

Greg Weiss

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Greg authored 3 practical Career Books, and 1 Book helping Visionary leaders scale their businesses. He is one of Australia’s most experienced HR consultants and leading career coaches. He is the founder and owner of Soulidify and Career365. As an entrepreneur/business owner, Greg has experienced first-hand the joys and frustrations of starting and growing one’s own business.

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