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The Football Coach and the Striker Who Couldn't Score

Academic journal article Manager

The Football Coach and the Striker Who Couldn't Score

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Marcus is a health and safety engineer and he's recently done some great leadership work with me. In our last session, he told a story that demonstrates that this leadership stuff doesn't only make a difference in the office; it can transform situations outside of work too.

The problem that Marcus was facing concerned his role as a football coach for kids where, he told us, the main striker on his youth team just wasnt scoring, In fact he hadn't scored a goal in months. Marcus is a straight talking man and had given the lad quite a few 'gee-ups', but nothing had worked and he felt that the whole team was suffering.

Now it was pre-season training and Marcus remembered from our leadership sessions how important it is to engage people. With this in mind he decided to try a different approach. He asked one of the other Dads to work with the team while he took the young striker off for a After that, it was simple. Marcus reassured the lad and together they went to talk to the boy's father. Not surprisingly, he was horrified and acted quickly to rectify the situation.

"In the next game, the boy was inspired and scored a hat-trick" said Marcus. "And we have a rule that if anyone scores three, they get to keep the match ball. So I had to pay 15 out of my own pocket to get a replacement'.' But as Marcus laughed at this unexpected conclusion, it was clear just how pleased he was, not only about the results he was now getting, but also about the transformational impact he'd had on the boy's life. …

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