Man of the Match

First half: Shaking off the tiredness of the day ushered black skin dayglo into concessionary parking (it’s not Premier League you understand) we trudge to Eastlands side by side strangers whose separate feelings we don’t understand but whose goal we share. Parking charges upwards through five poundland to eight poundland. The crowd thickens, the heartbeat quickens […]

Olympic medalling

I was there – at the Olympics on the day that Team GB won 3 golds in an hour! So were 70,000 others at Old Trafford to see Japan beat Egypt (eventually down to 9 men) 3-0. I got the Olympic sprit, had a great time and look forward to a return to Old Trafford […]

Where are you heading?

It’s a week for appreciating leadership and for scrutinising leadership. Roy Hodgson’s leadership will be under scrutiny as England’s campaign in Euro ’12 begins, and nation and Commonwealth have been jubilating in appreciation of the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth’s reign. Leaders often make the mistake of thinking that they know what is good for […]

Tiki Taka

One of the highlights of my week has been spending time with a group of clergy committed to developing more leaderful communities and congregations, but facing the problems of working with those who don’t see leadership as their responsibility. How do we bridge that gap? Leadership models have focused on individuals and individualism. New models of […]

Football supporters

The tragic death of Gary Speed, has, according to Peter Kay, Chief Executive of the Sporting Chance Clinic, prompted other footballers to become conscious of help they need to cope with the issues of footballers’ lives. Kay says “Footballers suffer illness in exactly the same way as the rest of society. They can become more […]