Top 5 Reasons Why Soccer Players Make Good Supply Chain Managers

Published June 20th, 2014 by Bill DuBois 3 Comments

fifa world cupHave you been watching the World Cup? I have.

It’s made me think about some of the similarities between this game and supply chain. And because of that, I came up with the Top 5 reasons why soccer (football) players make good supply chain managers.

Comment below to let me know if you agree, disagree or have your own ideas about why soccer players make good supply chain managers!


5. They usually need extra time to get the job done.

Supply Chain Managers need extra time


4. When something goes wrong they’ll let you know about it.

Supply Chain Managers joke when something goes wrong


3. They constantly deal with disruptions.

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2. They’re always willing to take one for the team.

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1.They can deal with issues on a Global scale.

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3 Responses to “Top 5 Reasons Why Soccer Players Make Good Supply Chain Managers”

  1. Chris Hatcher

    You’ve got the top 5 down, so here’s five more to round it out to the top 10:

    10: Using your head scores 25% of the time, so you need something smarter 75% of the time.

    9: Shortages are like a Penalty Kick…no magic solution to this age old problem as it’s usually a no win situation. Just need to avoid this kiss of death.

    8: You’ve got to be fast and nimble like Messi to win. Taking hrs to do a sim won’t cut it here.

    7: One mistake is all it takes, so stay ALERT!

    6: Team effort all the way – everyone needs to communicate seemlessly

  2. Bill DuBois

    Good ones Chris! Maybe the next post will be why Supply Chain Managers (or Software Developers) make good soccer players?

  3. Jbonds

    Hatcher and DuBois done in ture SCM fashion, someone has to add to the chain!! Keep it moving!!

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