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Christoph Metzelder talking to managers at the Düsseldorf office of DEININGER CONSULTING


May 2015 - On 7 May 2015 Christoph Metzelder (former national football player, now Managing Director at Jung von Matt/sports) and German business executives participated in the DEININGER CONSULTING round table on Top Performers in Sport and Industry to discuss what companies can learn from top-level sport.

Christoph Metzelder spoke of the personal learning experiences on the pitch that he now applies to management. Metzelder emphasized three central criteria for top performers that characterise both exceptional athletes and managers:


  • The talent to make decisions quickly. According to Metzelder, instinctive decisions are precisely the ones that often lead to success.
  • Flexibility. That means quickly mastering unforeseeable events and driving things forward from a standstill - in different setups as well as new environments and teams.
  • Remaining robust. This relies on mental and physical resilience to stress that ensures performance even under persistently adverse conditions.


A clear philosophy and vision of the employer, regardless of whether it is a club or a company, develop these personal characteristics even further. Top performers recognize the powerful impact of spirit, share the vision and support further development. 


‘Parallels in the approach and actions of top performers in sport and industry do not surprise me – only their astonishing diversity,’ says Stefan Schuberth, Partner, DEININGER CONSULTING, Düsseldorf. ‘It is refreshing to examine this unusual perspective in a meeting with a football star like Metzelder,’ says Christoph Hartmann, also Partner and host in Düsseldorf. ‘DEININGER CONSULTING, as one of the leading international management consulting companies, will incorporate these new insights into its consulting spectrum.’


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