Monthly Archives: October 2012

No passengers on the bus!


I’ve been reading the biography of Sir Clive Woodward, the England Rugby coach who coached the England team from 1997-2004, taking them to victory in the 2003 World Cup. He has local associations for Synergy, attending Loughborough University and later playing for Leicester Tigers. I am not yet half way through the book but I am impressed with the way in which Clive combined his love of sport with his learning about team management through his business activities in sales in Xerox and in running a leasing company when he lived in Australia. Last night I read that one of his fundamental keys to success was to make sure he had exactly Read More...

Good Strategy that Works!


21st October is Trafalgar Day. Here’s what happened. “In 1805, England had a problem. Napoléon had conquered big chunks of Europe and planned the invasion of England. But to cross the Channel, he needed to wrest control of the sea away from the English. Off the southwest coast of Spain, the French and Spanish combined fleet of thirty-three ships met the smaller British fleet of twenty-seven ships. The well-developed tactics of the day were for the two opposing fleets to each stay in line, firing broadsides at each other. But British admiral Lord Nelson had a strategic insight. He broke the British fleet into two columns Read More...