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The Director of Football is back…but it never went away

Posted by in Elite Performance, Europe, Management, Stewart King

Tarnished in the past, but making a modern resurgence, the director of football is a position that left the headlines, but continues to play an important role in modern football organisations, says Stewart King, elite performance specialist at SRi. There’s a quiet revolution happening in English football where – whisper it – the role of Director of Football (DoF) is becoming ever more important to leading clubs. To the public consciousness, the DoF represents everything that’s wrong about continental techniques which have invaded the Premier League; it may be how…read more

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Critical Board Relationships

Posted by in Board Level, Management, Mike Squires

The key relationships present in any sporting body fall into two distinct camps; external and internal. The external relationships include the Government, media, sponsors and the like, whereas internal relationships are almost exclusively between members of the Board. Getting these relationships right can be trickier than you’d think. Arguably the most critical dynamic which sets the foundation for an effective Board is that between the Chair and the CEO. This relationship can be made more complex when the Chair is a passionate unpaid volunteer and the CEO comes from a…read more

Sporting dynamics at Board level

Posted by in Board Level, Management, Mike Squires

Recently, Sport England and UK Sport published a Charter for Sports Governance, highlighting eight critical components to meet the demands for organisations in modern sport: Transparency, Integrity, Financial probity, Leadership and decision making, Membership, Independence of thought, Diversity, and Culture. Some observers may feel dismay that it has been necessary for such important bodies as Sport England and UK Sport to state what is, to so many of us, the obvious. However, recent events of corruption, drug cheating and general poor practice means that a clear set of fundamentals must…read more

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Address your gender mix

Posted by in Career Advice, Helen Soulsby, HR, Management, Women in sport

It won’t come as a shock to many in the business of sport that the issue of gender diversity remains a very real concern, especially when it comes to the higher echelon roles. I chaired a recent Sports Leaders’ Breakfast discussion on this critical issue, which examined some of the challenges women in sport face in trying to climb the ladder into senior positions, what women can do to ensure their competitiveness, as well as highlighted the benefits that a healthy gender mix can bring to organisations. The current state…read more

Accelerating Growth in Canadian Sport

Posted by in Canada, Commercial, HR, Management, Max Dawson

There is little doubt that sport in Canada is thriving. Everywhere we’ve been, the talk has been of growth and ambition. Whether it is new media deals, record season ticket sales, a new stadium move or an upcoming event, the mood amongst those working in the industry is positive. There is a huge amount to be proud about – Canadian teams continue to punch above their weight in many sports, there are strong corporate partners, positive stadium experiences and the fan engagement is outstanding. So the big question that we’ve…read more

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How we can encourage more gender diversity at work

Posted by in Career Advice, Helen Soulsby, HR, Management, Women in sport

As today, March 8th, is International Women‘s Day, I wanted to share the following. Much of the content is from or inspired by Lean In, a book by Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and a woman widely lauded for re-booting feminism in the last few years. The book itself is worth a read (for both men and women) to understand the state of play in terms of “equality” in the workplace. To understand how we as managers and colleagues can encourage more gender diversity at work (both at SRi and…read more

The Evolution of the Pre-Season Football Friendly

Posted by in Chris Jordan, Commercial, Management, Sales, Sponsorship

Why do clubs tour? 10 years ago the pre-season tours and friendlies that Premier League football clubs embarked upon were the domain of the club’s manager and coaches. It was down to the performance staff to scout out a suitable location where the training, transport and accommodation facilities were of a high standard. This ultimately meant they travelled to Europe which was easier to organise and was less of a strain on the players. Fast forward to the present day and the pre-season schedule is now being taken more seriously…read more

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Building Teams in Business and in Sport

Posted by in HR, Jim Chaplin, Management

Roy Keane and Kevin Pietersen have new books out. You may have noticed! Unsurprisingly and true to form, both books are punchy, provocative and controversial with lots of discussion of cliques, bullying, arguments and fights! The role of coaches, captains and players within these teams is also debated extensively. For those of us working in executive search where we are working to create and build high performing teams, the lessons and learnings from these two stories are fascinating and instructive. The first issue that emerges is the importance of the…read more