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“Ta Ra, Fergie” (Leadership from Sir Alex Ferguson, Part 3)

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On 6 November 2011 Manchester United FC rebadged the northern stand of Old Trafford to be the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand. It is yet another sign of the influence the Glaswegian has wielded in his 25 years at the club. The first article of this series considered Ferguson’s character, and specifically his sense of loyalty, […]

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“Furious Fergie” or Marvellous Motivator?

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In the previous column we considered Ferguson’s ethos (character) as the foundation for his success. But as Aristotle noted, persuasion – influence – is built on three components, and in this column we consider the second: pathos, i.e. Ferguson’s ability to put people “into a certain frame of mind”.  One criticism that could never be […]

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Britain’s Most Successful Manager has “No Managerial Ability”

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“No managerial ability” – that was the reason Willie Todd, Chairman of St Mirren Football Club, provided to an industrial tribunal after he fired the club’s 36-year old manager in 1978. The man in question was Alexander Chapman Ferguson, now better known as Sir Alex, or simply Fergie, the man widely acknowledged as the most […]

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