Disclaimer: you do not need to be either a fan of Sir Alex or Man Utd to read the following!
The Harvard Business review has published an analysis of Ferguson’s methods. Here is the headline summary:
- Start with the foundation
- Dare to rebuild your team
- Set high standards – and hold everyone to them
- Never, ever cede control
- Match the message to the moment
- Prepare to win
- Rely on the power of observation
- Never stop adapting
You can read the whole article online here.
Obviously the setting is very specific – managing a football club. But equally obviously the HBR thought there was value in sharing these insights further afield.
A question for church leaders: do you think you can learn something from any of this? (Hairdryer is not recommended!)
For a player—for any human being—there is nothing better than hearing “Well done.” Those are the two best words ever invented.