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Again, this attitude is something that just didn't exist within some of the top sides already eliminated—with France in particular showing the sort of dysfunction that can occur when a leader loses the trust of his team.
And make no mistake: substitutions that early in a soccer game are extremely unusual, except where injury has occurred. One of the hardest things for anyone in a leadership position to do is to publicly admit an error. Accordingly, many coaches in similar situations would have waited until half time to make any changes. Bradley's decision, then, is all the more impressive for the self-criticism it must have involved.
Additionally, the way Bradley handled a clearly devastated Clark—making time to explain his decision as the player came off the field—spoke volumes about his commitment to clear communication.
Like many organizations that prosper under good leadership, the U.S. will likely struggle to hold onto Bradley now that he has established his credentials so firmly in a global spotlight. The good news in that is, if he does go elsewhere, he'll leave behind a blueprint for success that any successor can follow.
--Posted by Phil Stott, Vault.com
--Extra Insight: Tips for Dealing with the World Cup at Work
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