A visual update on Arsenal’s progress this year compared to all previous seasons. We last left the Gunners at Week 9 with 13 points, Week 21 finds them knocking on the Top 4 spots with 36 points.
Culture matters, in business and in sport. The set of principles which guide the employees, managers and shareholders of a business are what produces results and culture plays a similar role at soccer clubs. Both clubs and corporations are organizations focused on accomplishing a set of goals, it follows that there are parallels in organizational style. Read on for the long lost corporate twins of your favorite clubs.
Arsenal, Arsenal….what has become of the brightest young star of the Premier League? Arsene Wenger’s 15-year tenure at Arsenal has delivered league titles, cup victories and a sustained presence in the Champions League. Under Wenger Arsenal has risen, arguably, higher than it ever has, but this season the light is flickering precariously and all are wondering whether it portends the implosion of the light of North London. Continue reading “Which Company is Arsenal Most Like…?”
George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series has jumped in popularity over the past year as HBO adapted the first book, Game of Thrones, for the screen. One of the pivotal characters in the first season is Eddard ‘Ned’ Stark, the Lord of the northern kingdom Winterfell. Ned is a principled ruler, who respects tradition, duty and loyalty; these values compel him to answer King Robert’s call to serve as the Hand of the King. The appointment requires him to move far to the south to King’s Landing, the capital of Westeros, a pit of intrigue and deception for which he is woefully unprepared. Ned is unable to tell enemy from advisor and his unwillingness to participate in the web of back dealing and power plays seals his fate. There is quite a bit of plot in between but to skip ahead by the end of the season Ned’s loyalty to the doomed King Robert and his principles costs him his head.
There is one Premier League manager who could do a convincing impression of Eddard Stark: Continue reading “Eddard & Arsene, Guardians of Principle”