Entries by Fergus Connolly

It’s a People Business

Winning in Life, Business & Sport is a People Business The following is an extract from my new book ’59 Lessons – Working with the world’s Greatest Coaches, Athletes, & Special Forces’ where I share my greatest insights into what makes winners truly great. Caring for people matters more than intelligence, skills or your fame. […]

A Subtle Lesson from Yoda and the All Blacks 

A Lesson in True Humility   The following is an extract from my new book ’59 Lessons – Working with the world’s Greatest Coaches, Athletes, & Special Forces’ where I share my greatest insights into what makes winners truly great. There are many lessons I’ve been so fortunate to have learned from the world’s best […]

Hiring: Capacity – Character – Capability

OPTION OR A PRIORITY Managing People Never make someone a priority who makes you an option.   I’ll apologize now to all of you who are reminded of your age, however many of you will remember the Guns ‘n’ Roses, song ‘A Civil War. The year? 1990. Apart from a great track, the opening moments […]

Minor Setback for a Major Comeback

Minor Setback for a Major Comeback When a setback isn’t a setback Many years ago a frustrated headmaster at Chaote Rosemary Hall, a Connecticut prep school, sat to write a report for a young student. The headmaster described how the young student was ‘casual and disorderly’, and how he “studies at the last minute, keeps […]

59 Lessons Book Cover – Your help is needed!

Judging a Book by it’s Cover   “59 Lessons – Working with the world’s greatest coaches, athletes, & Special Forces” is coming soon.   Writing a book is one big challenge – deciding on the cover is even bigger. We all know people judge book by their covers even though we shouldn’t … which would […]

MLB Player Development & Sports Science

MLB Player Development & Sports Science   Welcome to the last in my series of MLB sports science and elite performance. You can catch the previous two if you missed them here: Building The Right Sports Science Program Learning from other sports – Reverse Engineering Sports Science ‎   As we all know investment in […]

Information Management for Communication & Decision-Making

Before Worrying About Analysis – Lets Optimize Information First The 5 I’s of Information Management   Never before have we had so much information, yet never before has knowledge been so elusive. One of the challenges in business, military and sport today is separating data, information, knowledge and wisdom. While people jump straight into complex statistical analysis […]

Three Books on Leadership

Three Books on Leadership for Coaches One of the questions I get asked most frequently is about recommend reading … I love to read, I always have and have such a large collection of books that I’ve now run out of shelf space. Reading is the greatest gift I believe you can give to a […]

Why Most Teams Fail in Year Three

How to Dominate with Sustainable Success   In Game Changer I first wrote about a not-too subtle phenomenon that occurs in many leadership situations. I referred to this as the – ‘The Three-Year Rule” where, many new programs and coaches fail or begin to struggle in their third year. The great Hungarian manager Béla Guttmann, […]

Lessons from other sports for MLB

What MLB should learn from other Professional Sports The biggest mistake all Sports Science programs make Reverse Engineer Sports Science to win – Learn from CSI   Ironically, the most common error that most sports have made in sports science is the easiest to address and it’s something baseball can easily learn from. When the […]