the baby and the bathwater

September 25, 2008, 1:25 pm
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The memory of 1989 will never die. The pain of that goal in the last minute that robbed Liverpool of the title they deserved will stay with me. Forever. And this is one of the main reasons that I, and so many other Liverpool fans, hate Arsenal.

But even I have to confess, that I have found something good that has come out of the club. And it is their motivational handout. Presumably this has it’s source in Arsene Wenger. He’s not a Christian, or at least he’s keeping it pretty quiet if he is. But this stuff is great, and could be something a church leader came up with. OK, so a few important things are missing, like Jesus, but other than that, it’s probably really helpful.


A team is a strong as the relationships within it. The driving force of a team is it’s member’s ability to create and maintain excellent relationships within the team that can add an extra dimension and robustness to the team dynamic. This attitude can be used by our team to focus on the gratitude and the vitally important benefits that the team brings to our own lives. It can be used to strengthen and deepen the relationships within it and maximise the opportunities that await a strong and united team.

Our team becomes stronger by:

-Displaying a positive approach on an off the pitch
-Everyone making the right decisions for the team
-Having an unshakeable belief that we can achieve our target
-Believe in the strength of the team
-Always want more – always give more
-Focus on our communication
-Be demanding with yourself
-Be fresh and well prepared to win
-Focus on being mentally stronger and always keep going to the end
-When we play away from home, believe in our identity and play the football we love to play at home.
-Stick together
-Stay grounded and humble as a player and as a person
-Show the desire to win in all that you do
-Enjoy and contribute to all that is special about being in a team – don’t take it for granted.


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Hmmm, not sure about this one.

You read a lot about what makes a good team in management literature…on first reading it always seems great but dig a little deeper and cracks appear.

– Where is valuing each other?
– Where is fairness and integrity?
– Where is balance (especially with the ‘always want more – always give more’ mantra)?

To me, when I read this I see elements of insularity, greed, expectation, pressure, performance at the expense of everything else…

I don’t dismiss it all, as there are some good things in it…

Comment by Andy

You’re an arsenal fan, aren’t you?

Comment by Neil Bennetts


Comment by Andy

Oh well, having been at the Emirates on Saturday for the Hull City game, I saw little evidence of any of those qualities. I guess it’s good to have a philosophy to aim at though…

Comment by kevvo_b


Don’t get me wrong. The fact I like what the note says, I rejoice as much as anyone when they lose.

What a great weekend it was.

Comment by Neil Bennetts

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