Gianluigi Buffon spoke about the various approaches required to successfully harness talent at this evening’s event organised by Official Club Partner Randstad, the world’s second-largest human resources service provider, at Juventus Stadium.
The seminar, entitled ‘Efficient Talent and Team Management’, saw Marco Ceresa, Randstad Italia CEO, and Dino Ruta, professor of Human Resources and Sport Management from Bocconi University’s School of Management, interview Buffon on the concept of talent and the best ways to ensure it is allowed to reach its potential.
A selection of the goalkeeper’s thoughts can be read below:
“Talent is a natural gift and represents a great starting point, but if it’s not backed up by perseverance and self-sacrifice then it risks being unfulfilled or short-lived.
“My parents helped me out a great deal. They are two people who have enjoyed success, albeit in a different field. To stay at a certain level you need to make sacrifices - it wouldn’t be possible otherwise. After I turned 30 I started to focus more on the small details, taking greater care of myself.
“Being able to play with talented youngsters spurs me on and also keeps me younger in a way. You need to try and find a common language though, and when you hand out pointers you perhaps need to find a more light hearted way of saying things, not pedantic, because they’re more likely to sit up and take it on board.”