Cowboys coach to add class

Green to study at Har­vard

The Observer - - LEAGUE SPORT - Peter Badel

COWBOYS coach Paul Green has turned to the Amer­i­can uni­ver­sity that schooled US pres­i­dents Barack Obama and Ge­orge Bush in a bid to de­liver North Queens­land’s sec­ond premier­ship.

Green is go­ing back to school, with the premier­ship-win­ning men­tor to be­gin study at world-fa­mous Har­vard on Sun­day as part of his mis­sion to make the Cowboys the NRL’s true pow­er­house.

Har­vard Uni­ver­sity has ed­u­cated the likes of Obama, Bush and Mi­crosoft founder Bill Gates and now Green is hop­ing the in­sti­tu­tion can im­prove his skill set to dom­i­nate the NRL.

For six days, Green will un­der­take a cer­tifi­cate of man­age­ment ex­cel­lence at Har­vard Business School. At a cost of $15,000, Green will live on cam­pus and rub shoul­ders with hun­dreds of Amer­ica’s bright­est ex­ec­u­tives and business lead­ers.

It is the very course Roost­ers re­cruit Cooper Cronk plans to study when he re­tires from the NRL.

As part of his fact-find­ing ed­u­ca­tional trip, Green will also visit NFL and NBA clubs to en­sure the Cowboys find an ex­tra edge fol­low­ing the heart­break of last sea­son’s grand-fi­nal loss to the Storm.

Green has forged cross-code ties with North Melbourne’s AFL coach Brad Scott, whose own trip to Har­vard a few years ago planted the seed for the Cowboys men­tor.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to the ex­pe­ri­ence,” Green said.

“Brad Scott has ac­tu­ally been to Har­vard and he highly rec­om­mended it, so I thought I’d give it a go.

“I like the fact that the course is from out­side the NRL in­dus­try.

“It’s de­signed for ex­ec­u­tive-level peo­ple from ba­si­cally any in­dus­try, it’s learn­ing about lead­er­ship.”

The course is in­ten­sive, with Green re­quired to study 12 to 14 hours a day.

The Cowboys coach has a thirst for knowl­edge, hold­ing a pilot’s li­cence and hav­ing sought the coun­sel of Scott and Wal­la­bies coach Michael Cheika.

“Hope­fully it will make me a bet­ter coach, a bet­ter leader and hope­fully that helps the Cowboys in that sense,” he said. “In Aus­tralia, it is hard to get qual­ity pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment.

“Out­side of the NRL, I’ve looked at AFL and rugby, I’ve spo­ken to Michael Cheika a few times. I want to get some fresh ideas from out­side the sport to bet­ter my­self and hope­fully it helps the Cowboys as a club.

“I hope it opens my mind and chal­lenges the way I think about dif­fer­ent things. That’s what I’m hop­ing for.”

While many lauded North Queens­land’s fairy­tale charge to the NRL de­cider, Green had a sense of un­ful­fil­ment.

He gen­uinely be­lieved the Cowboys could have backed up their maiden ti­tle hero­ics of 2015 and hopes ex­plor­ing the op­er­a­tions of NFL clubs can pro­vide some fresh ideas.

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