Only one player can kick the goal, but it is a team that scores it
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“What leaders can learn from football”
Business often turns to the football codes when seeking to understand the key concepts of team, particularly, the role of leadership in terms of establishing a winning culture and executing a game plan.
While this analysis provides some important lessons, the learnings go far deeper.
Success in elite team sport cannot be achieved without an uncompromising attitude towards the recruitment and retention of talent, and of course integrated and sophisticated coaching (teaching) at an individual and team level.
The following bog posts explore the complexities, and often contradictions, of elite sport.
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In the Arena
The often misguided goal of seeking ‘simplicity’ most likely results in default thinking – you find the right solution for the wrong problem.read more
These are the mornings when you wake up knowing that regardless of what happened on the weekend, and no matter how bad the defeat, and while you may be bereft of ideas and inspiration, sleepless night and all – you still had to lead.read more
When I first got involved in league football, I was told that clubs are in the ‘Premiership winning business’. In fact, there are clubs which have this as their sole ‘statement of purpose’.read more
Allan Jeans was never a dreamer, he was way too pragmatic for that, but clearly understood that he had the capacity to make or break dreams, and that often proved a heavy burden.read more
My father Alan died 24 years ago this week. This is a photo of my father in the player race of the Punt Road Oval with Hall of Fame Coach Tom Hafey.read more
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