“It’s not so much what you see all the time, it’s what you can miss.” Sir Alex Ferguson
Case Study: Sir Alex Ferguson
In 2013 the Harvard Business School conducted a case study on Sir Alex Ferguson’s approach to football management to gain insight into his leadership style.
Ferguson largely delegated the running of training sessions to his assistant coaches, because it was more important for him to observe than coach.
“As a coach on the field, you don’t see everything. Observing is so important, it’s not so much what you see all the time, it’s what you can miss.”
Stand on the side of your practice where you can view as much as possible.
Know what to look for
Are your players engaged? are they achieving the session objective? Observe the attitude and ability of your players.
You only notice what you are paying attention too.
Film your training session, game, or team talk and watch it back. You will see the things that you didn’t notice at the time.
The more you know, the more you see. Attend a coaching course, get advice and feedback from experienced coaches.
“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.”
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