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17.11.2011, 15:15
EHF 20th Anniversary - Secretary General
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We continue our series of articles celebrating our birthday with an insight into the EHF Secretary General, Michael Wiederer.
 

The EHF Secretary General

The EHF Secretary General position is similar to that of those in the federations. Input and views from all sides have to be collected from technical experts to those in marketing that develop ideas to promote and expand the game on the sporting market. The Secretary General has to put this all together and make it work.

Following the formation of the EHF a position had to be created and a person needed to be chosen to manage the day-to-day business of the custodians of European handball. The term Secretary General is a traditional name in sport for a position that involves the general management of the sport combining all the different areas involved.

It reflects someone who is involved in everything on different levels but at the same time is responsible for the overall administration and organisation – a combination which is well understood in every language, every country and similar organisations. It is a proven form of running a business and respected traditionally by the sports business as handball shares the same values and same challenges as football, ice hockey and basketball.

It is an inescapable fact that Michael Wiederer has been synonymous with the position since it was created. The only person to have ever been in the role, Michael was instrumental in bringing the EHF to Vienna and has overseen the growth of the organisation prior to the creation of the organisation through to the 20th Anniversary.

“The Secretary General role is like a mosaic,” he says when asked about how he sees his tasks. “It is perfect if you collect the right stones, in the right colours, of the right size and put them into the right places to form a beautiful picture.

However, it is not enough to have the right stones and colours if you don’t arrange them into a good picture”.

Looking back over 20 years, Michael reflects on the evolution and change of not just the position and his role, but the game of handball itself, “The business of handball administration has changed – it is much more complex than it was” he explains.

“Handball is a sport and business now, but we must always remember that the sport is always the reason why we all do our jobs in handball – everything has to be seen from the side of the players and from the side of the technicians”.

The increased political aspect of the position has seen the tasks of the Secretary General continuously evolve and Wiederer now sees the role as more of a coordinator of the EHF rather than being involved constantly at all levels. “In theory the Secretary General is always available to all federations,” he says, "but it is important to have the right people around you and introduce the right communication lines as it makes it so much easier when people know where to go and what to expect.”

“However, an important aspect of the Secretary General role is to combine all relevant information available so you can mould and provide a clear picture for the decision making process to a very high degree. It is a moral question – you have to provide the correct information to ensure that the decision making process is correct, but the Secretary General helps support this process rather than influencing it,” says Austrian-born Wiederer.

This decision-making process is integral for the continuation of the EHF to represent all federations and interests across Europe – no mean feat considering the different federations and numerous clubs involved across many different time zones, miles, cultures, religions and languages.

Handball is a sport and business now. “There is a lot of handshaking of course with politicians and even royalty such as Kings, depending on the situation” Wiederer explains, “but meetings are meetings and due to the fact that the handball business is a lot more complex now, with elected people and many commissions, there is plenty of information available to digest. The Secretary General is well aware that the federations own the EHF but, due to different approaches and resources, some federations need a lot of support and some don’t – you have to find a balance”.

Despite these meetings with decision makers in various locations across Europe, the EHF Secretary General still needs to keep his ear to the ground and be ready to step in when needed. “A certain percentage of the Secretary General role is crisis management so you have to ensure that you are never too far removed from the daily tasks - the very moment it is needed you have to jump into the fire, which is all part of the business.”

The EHF has evolved, handball has evolved and the Secretary General role has evolved. All of this progression after just 20 years, with more to come in the future, but the Secretary General can be proud in the knowledge that such an organisation has had time to breathe and advance under the stewardship, paving the way for those who will follow in Wiederer’s footsteps…even if it involves a bit of furniture removal along the way!

“My first job as Secretary General was to set up and open the first office; two tables, two chairs and two telephones,” reminisces Wiederer, “…but my second job was to be part of the negotiations of the TV, advertising and marketing contracts for the first Men’s European Championship in Portugal in 1994!”


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