After an astonishing career - first in Scotland and then over 27 years with Manchester United Football Club - Sir Alex Ferguson delivers Leading, in which the greatest soccer coach of all time will analyze the pivotal leadership decisions of his 38 years as a manager and, with his friend and collaborator Sir Michael Moritz, draw out lessons anyone can use in business and life to generate long-term transformational success.
From hiring practices to firing decisions, from dealing with transition to teamwork, from mastering the boardroom to responding to failure and adversity, Leading is as inspiring as it is practical and a go-to reference for any leader in business, sports, and life.
©2015 Alex Ferguson and Michael Moritz (P)2015 Hachette Audio
Best book about What? How? & Why? did he do the things that he did.
He explains the What? How? & Why?
Seems like Sir Alex is reading it.
Have a clear objective and tough decisions will be tough but they will be clear.
A must read
Somewhat. There are useful tips, but it was heavily focused on football detail.
I expected this book would be different to Ferguson's autobiography in that he would keep it more generic. But he still dives into too much football detail and discusses scorelines and games etc.
The content doesn't seem to align with the chapters of the books don't. I tried to the best of my abilities to find how the content in each chapter matched the theme of it's title, but it just seems to be an endless discussion of football moments, without being tied back to the focus of each chapter.
I found myself half way through each chapter thinking to myself "this is a great story, but what is he talking about here again? Whats the "take away"?", I had to keep referring to the chapter title to remind myself which chapter I'm currently on. That to me is a tell tale sign of a book that hasn't been thought-out well in terms of categorization. As a whole, however, it is not a bad anecdotal story of Ferguson's time at United.
Don't expect it to "teach" you his principles or methods in structured or applicable way.
Maybe if it was abridged
I hoped that this book would be about leadership and not as much about Fergie's story as a manager. I listened to his autobiography and honestly, despite enjoying this book, didn't see much difference between this book and it.
If you have read or listened to the autobiography, you won't miss much in skipping this one. It is a good listen but you won't get much out of it if you've already gotten his autobiography. He does make some comparisons to business leadership and football management but they are more like "by the way" types of comparisons.
I am not disappointed by this book though. I am a huge admirer of Sir Alex Ferguson and am always interested in learning about him and Manchester United. I just wish there had been more to learn.
The narration is great except for the epilogue. I gave up listening to it after about 30 minutes, especially since it seemed to only be summarizing what was mentioned in the book. That narrator had a very dry way of speaking.
All in all, not disappointed but not raving about it either.
Decent listen. The stories weren't much different than his autobiography. The Epilogue was really the only place where Alex Ferguson's experience was related to modern business. However I couldn't get past the smug voice of the epilogue's narrator (different than the main part of the book).
This autobiography hits the ground running. The Scottsman reading through the chapters adds the finesse to an outstandingly well written book. When you get to look at how United have functioned under Sir Alex Ferguson for over two decades you really begin to ask yourself if you've even remotely pushed yourself to your abilities. The success Sir Alex has received is clearly not by luck. Every move, every instruction, every thought is blended with emotion, desire, courage and patience. I finished the ten hour long audio book in a day. It's been fantastic. What a man... what a manager! Glory Glory Man United!
I'm gonna listen to it again right now. The leadership side is magnificent, however The details about legendary footballers are breath-taking! I absolutely love it.
Sir Alex proves his brilliance and gives off some real gems of advices. fantastic book for football fans that can connect to his career at United but I would definitely recommend it as well for anybody interested in long term planning, thinking and investing in their own business or career. Sir Alex shows that he is so much more than just a football manager and he separates and explains the difference between managing a business and leading a business.
Having read Sir Alex Ferguson's earlier book this one struck me as one that I might not like. I thought this book was more insightful than his previous books. This book certainly speaks to how a great leader can be developed and learn from other leaders.
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