Cowboys coach to add class
Green to study at Harvard
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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