During his time as manager of Greece, Ranieri was reportedly dismissed following a humiliating defeat against the Faroe Islands. Likewise, as Chelsea’s head coach, he was criticised for over complicating the dynamics of the team and his persistent team changes led to him being nicknamed “The Tinkerman.” Unsurprisingly however, there are few left questioning his leadership style at Leicester.
In contrast to his reputation, the former Italy international player has been recognised for pursuing a brilliantly simple strategy at Leicester. From Leicester’s straightforward formation to the focus on team ethic, it seems Ranieri has done everything in his power to take the team back to basics. While others unsuccessfully adopted complicated tactics to win, Leicester’s approach has been truly refreshing.
If you consider the level of complexity in which businesses today contend with, something has to be said about Leicester’s relentless ability to surprise the competition with solid team work and a strong winning mentality.
Given the growing number of channels to market, rapid emergence of disruptive technology and increasingly demanding customer expectations, complexity will enviably continue to increase. In order to not only remain competitive but to thrive, it is vital that businesses take steps to manage business challenges. Whether it be the processes, team or technology, as found by Leicester, finding ways to simplify the challenges is not a bad place to start.