WE CAN ALWAYS LEARN FROM THE BEST
I THOROUGHLY enjoy learning from the very best in their fields. People and teams who get to the top get there for a reason. Previously, I loved reading about and watching documentary footage of the England Rugby World Champions.
My eyes were opened by learning of Team Sky’s winning methods in cycling. Talking to Mourinho’s ex-players is always insightful.
Right now, I am itching to understand how the British Lions camp worked.
Whenever a group of people come together to create exceptional performance, and ultimately an outstanding result, there is so much to be taken from the formula. There is normally an outward message and separately an inside story. To get to the guts of a success, you have to marry up the two. The truth is always in there if you investigate and listen hard enough.
Listening to Brendan Foster on Thursday intrigued me. He explained that Mo Farah had progressed from ninth best in the world in 2009 to his double Olympic gold last year. He outlined highly scientific training and recovery strategies that had underpinned that evolution. I was intrigued.
The challenge for us managers and coaches is to be the innovators and knowledge centres that help our teams to generate performance hikes of that ilk.
Ivan Lendl is credited with Andy Murray’s rise. Particularly with his mental transition to champion status. The answers are there. The search must be constant.
CHAMPION: Mo Farah