Hans-Dieter Hermann is a renowned sports psychologist who is the German National Football team’s mental coach. He has the job of preparing all the German players for stressful situations in major tournaments such as the World Cup 2014.
He was chosen by the then coach of the German national football team, Juergen Klinsmann, to be responsible for the team’s preparation for the 2006 World Cup and the 2008 European Championships. Hermann calls his methods “Optimisation Psychology”, which aim to increase mental stability and increase self-confidence.
Hans-Dieter Hermann studied psychology at the universities of Antwerp and Wurzburg. He then specialised in sports psychology, and worked in various sports with national teams, including football teams, gymnasts and the Austrian skiing team.
He also works with senior business executives improving performance and motivation, building teams and developing self-confidence. He lectures at the University of Heidelberg Institute for Sport Science and at the Erding Institute for Applied Management.
He recently co-authored the book “Führungsspiel” (The Game of Leadership) in 2013, and published “Mentales Training” (Mental Training) in 2009, which cover topics such as Leadership, Motivation and Teambuilding and show how business executives can learn the secrets of success from high-performance athletes.
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