After an astonishing career - first in Scotland and then over 27 years with Manchester United Football Club - Sir Alex Ferguson delivers Leading, in which the greatest soccer coach of all time will analyze the pivotal leadership decisions of his 38 years as a manager and, with his friend and collaborator Sir Michael Moritz, draw out lessons anyone can use in business and life to generate long-term transformational success.
From hiring practices to firing decisions, from dealing with transition to teamwork, from mastering the boardroom to responding to failure and adversity, Leading is as inspiring as it is practical and a go-to reference for any leader in business, sports, and life.
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Get in his head
Best book about What? How? & Why? did he do the things that he did.
He explains the What? How? & Why?
Seems like Sir Alex is reading it.
Have a clear objective and tough decisions will be tough but they will be clear.
A must read
- Leslie Greenwood "LMG"
Some nuggets, but still too football focused
Somewhat. There are useful tips, but it was heavily focused on football detail.
I expected this book would be different to Ferguson's autobiography in that he would keep it more generic. But he still dives into too much football detail and discusses scorelines and games etc.
The content doesn't seem to align with the chapters of the books don't. I tried to the best of my abilities to find how the content in each chapter matched the theme of it's title, but it just seems to be an endless discussion of football moments, without being tied back to the focus of each chapter.
I found myself half way through each chapter thinking to myself "this is a great story, but what is he talking about here again? Whats the "take away"?", I had to keep referring to the chapter title to remind myself which chapter I'm currently on. That to me is a tell tale sign of a book that hasn't been thought-out well in terms of categorization. As a whole, however, it is not a bad anecdotal story of Ferguson's time at United.
Don't expect it to "teach" you his principles or methods in structured or applicable way.
Maybe if it was abridged