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Thursday, 10 February 2011

Three Little Words

Having just watched a pretty exciting Super Bowl between two of the games great teams - thoughts turn to what exactly makes a great team, and more importantly - what turns a great Club (one season wonders) into a CLub for the ages....
Pittsburgh and the Pack have a huge number of Championships between them, whilst some (presumably) equally funded teams have yet to get off the mark (championship rings wise).  The word dynasty is used for teams that transcend time, and that leave a mark on history - and the Steelers and Packers are about as close as you can get to dynasties in the current game.  (British viewpoint!!).
As a sports administrator - being involved in, and leading a club towards being a dynasty is what it should all be about.  The ‘3 little words’ that mean so much to me are - Impact, Legacy and Dynasty....

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Maximization vs Aggregation

With the 6 Nations about to kick off and 6 nations about to charge into each other at maximum throttle, I wanted to look at a concept that has been flavor of the past few years.
England RWC winning mantra to add up 100’s of little 0.1% improvements, Team Sky/GB cycle teams fight to nail down every little advantage as two examples - is known as the “Aggregation of Marginal Gains”.  The theory being that if you get lots of little things right - you will make a huge improvement.
And for sure - what’s not to like when targeting constant improvement - everyone is in for that I am sure.