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Boardroom to Bootroom

Using Barcelona’s dynamic attacking trio of Messi, Suarez and Neymar as the example, PDP Lead Researcher, James Vaughan examines the impact of a positive organisational culture. How do we create value driven organisations that allow creativity and a shared understanding to thrive, both on and off the field?


Lionel Messi, Neymar Jr and Luis Suarez are the attacking trident spearheading FC Barcelona’s charge towards a 2015 treble. They looked unstoppable in their Champions League demolitions of Manchester City, PSG and Bayern Munich. Tormenting defenders, each member of the terrible trio appears to be reading from a playbook the opposition cannot decipher. They see patterns, assess options and imagine possibilities at a speed beyond the comprehension of mere mortals. This ‘holy trinity’ is worshipped around the world, but is it their South American origins that hold the key to their unearthly perceptual skill? Our earliest experiences are crucial for developing our mindset.

For Messi, Neymar and Suarez their mindsets were shaped on the fertile soils of South America. Constantly engaged in play, their minds have been primed to interpret information that remains hidden...

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