Life Lessons From The Sack Of David Moyes. 

“David Moyes: Bad Case In Organisational Transition.”

That perhaps could have been a better headline.


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Life is a hard-nosed schoolmaster. It packs our plates with scenarios and paradoxes. Its ultimate aim is to refine the dross, remove the weed, clean the dirt, bleed the engine, and make us who we should be.

When we, at birth, matriculate into this continuing, Open University called Life; when we painstakingly take its innumerable courses; and when we don’t drop-out but follow its regimented curriculum – in time we ‘metamorphose’ into that person we need to be. Progressively, this never-graduating University of Life brings the best into, and out of, us all.

The recent sack of David Moyes as Manager of Manchester United Football Club presents us with many learning opportunities.

David Moyes

It’s not what has happened that really matter; it’s the things we learn from what has happened.  And as we ‘layer-up’ these invaluable lessons on our journey, we gain new perspective. We rake-in new insight. Predicated on hindsight. We glean knowledge. We garner experience. These positively and significantly colours our worldview, and dictates our future reactions and decisions.

I’m not a United fan, but I try to learn real life lessons that football throws at us. I try to process information and facts, and apply them to my life. Moyes’ sack is one of those.

This is a valuable leadership lesson. As leaders at whatever level, we should not make the Moyes’ mistake when we take up leadership roles at new places.

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Read the story below which I culled from Yahoo! Sports.

I look forward to your comments. And to the personal lessons you’ve learnt from his sack.  

Of all the advice Ferguson offered him, he did tell Moyes to keep the incumbent backroom employees on. It’s a tried and tested practice in a period of transition – you keep hold of people who understand your new surroundings, and then move them on once you’ve completely adjusted to the climate.

That’s not the opinion of one person, either. That is a fact of corporate practice. You see it used successfully absolutely everywhere, because it is how these things work. Ferguson was in charge for almost three decades, so it was particularly crucial here.

But not only did Moyes opt against that transition, he brought in Everton guys and Everton types.

Steve Round replacing Mike Phelan and the sudden promotion of retired player Phil Neville were huge mistakes. In fact, the only staff member I think was a wise move to have around was Chris Woods, the goalkeeping coach – David De Gea’s excellent season in a sea of mediocrity validates this…

-Yahoo Sports.

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