I refer to proper rugby of course – 15 a side and all that! It’s great to have the Autumn Internationals and in two minutes it will be the Home Internationals. It has brought to mind again one of the most influential (to me) books I have ever read. Winning by Sir Clive Woodward. Several years ago now but worth recalling. He might be a ‘marmite character’ but he has his place in English rugby history.
Over six years, he and his team mounted a campaign of vast change, great learning, team building and clear vision to achieve their aim, winning the 2003 World Cup. They questioned everything, changed anything and left no stone unturned. The book tells the team’s journey of innovation and discovery, the fundamentals of their success and how these principles can be applied to any human endeavour. They changed the way they coached, the way they played and, of equal importance, how they operated off the field. Clive Woodward took his business management skills to the game, simplified the entire approach to the structure of the team and created new management systems both on and off the pitch.
Who reading this, is doing this to their farming business to make it agronomically and financially resilient and viable for the future?