After almost 30 years at the helm of English Football’s Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson is regarded by many to be the most successful, admired and respected manager in the history of the
game. After his retirement in 2013, Anita Alberse, along with Ferguson himself, set out to outline and detail the primary management principles which contributed to Ferguson’s long standing success within the game. Not surprisingly, these principals transition quite naturally over to a business application, two different yet similar worlds, where ultimate success hinges on the creation of a strong and dedicated work team. I’ve listed the principals below, however, the true insight lies in Alberse and Ferguson’s detailed descriptions of the implications and value of each one.
I highly encourage this read, especially for anyone who feels strongly about the parallels between sport and business leadership.
1. Start with the Foundation
2. Dare to Rebuild Your Team
3. Set High Standards – and Hold Everyone to Them
4. Never, Ever Cede Control
5. Match the Message to the Moment
6. Prepare to Win
7. Rely on the Power of Observation
8. Never Stop Adapting