Back in August, like fans and pundits across the world our UK football department sat down and made predictions for the Premier League season. We each wrote down how many points we thought each team would get, giving an overall predicted league table.
It would be easy to forget about these and say that we knew […]
Thinking clearly under pressure was one of Sir Clive Woodward’s favourite mantras as coach of England’s 2003 Rugby World Cup-winning side. In order to ensure his players were able to make the right calls when the heat was on, Woodward sought to recreate pressurised scenarios so that his team had already practised the thought processes […]
In a recent article for The Guardian, Oliver Burkeman reported on some of the work being done by Tasha Eurich, an organisational psychologist, author and expert on the subject of self-awareness.
According to Eurich, 95% of people think they’re self-aware but only 10-15% of us really are. If we’re not self-aware then we only have a […]
Oliver Burkeman is Busy, the eponymous journalist’s recent Radio Four miniseries on the subject of busyness, has provided a number of insights into how difficult it can be to manage our time amidst the distractions of modern life.
In one of the episodes, Eldar Shafir, Professor of Psychology at the University of Princeton, talks about a […]
Decision-making in football is a thankless task. Such is the diversity of opinion that even sensible action – selling an ageing player for example – is likely to attract the ire of some. Media narrative is often deliberately contrarian and fans can be passionate beyond reason. Inaction, no matter how sensible or justified, can also […]
- Arguably the story of the season across European football is the rise of Leicester City. After winning 41 points in 2014-15, they’re on course for more than 70 this season and remain in the running for the league title.Leicester are a clear case of a team that is knowingly better
- Imagine having a group of people telling you, repeatedly, that your club is not as well-run as you think. That your player recruitment strategy is flawed, that your league status is vulnerable, that your rivals are finding new technologies and approaches to get an edge.
- The 1957 classic film 12 Angry Men tells the story of a diverse group of jurors as they deliberate the guilt or acquittal of a young defendant whose life is in the balance having allegedly murdered his father. The jury are all male, mostly middle-aged, white, and generally of middle-class status, yet have very different personalities and character traits - some more assertive, others more subservient; some driven by facts, others by feelings. The movie is set almost exclusively inside the jury room and the twelve jurors must come to a unanimous decision beyond reasonable doubt about the defendant.
- I've previously written about the weaknesses of the manager dominated transfer strategy traditionally followed by most English clubs. But, whilst a diverse range of voices will help a club to more often make good decisions, it is equally true that once a decision has been made, the club must speak with one voice in its implementation.