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Raouf: What Made Alex Ferguson a Great Manager

Oopsie – we forgot to do the “best VC post of the day” for the last month or two. You might have thought there weren’t any great VC posts, but you’d be wrong. We were just being lazy. As with all good things that start up again on January 1st, we’ll try to get back in the “best VC post of the day” groove.

There weren’t many on 1/1/12 so Firas Raouf’s (Openview) titled What Made Alex Ferguson a Great Manager stood out amidst the silence of the morning of the new year. I didn’t know who Alex Ferguson was until I read the post; he’s the “manager” (CEO) of Manchester United and has been since 1986. Firas summarizes Ferguson’s management principles, as they apply to a CEO of an early stage company.

  • Identify yourself with your company brand
  • Cultivate every interest group in your company
  • Gather information everywhere
  • Seek total control, but recognize when you cannot have it
  • Don’t let others cause you stress
  • Remember that crises blow over
  • Always be unsatisfied

Go read What Made Alex Ferguson a Great Manager to get the bullet points for what’s behind this post. Happy new year Firas!

January 1st, 2012 by     Categories: Management     Tags: , , , , , ,
  • http://www.ivpcapital.com Michael Elling

    A great leader is one who gets the best from his employees or constituents; sports teams, military, corporations, academic institutions, societies, etc…  SAF’s record is remarkable in that it has improved the game of soccer at the same time.  Ultimately everyone is subservient and bound by the objective of the team.  He’s bought, developed, nurtured superstars and when they’ve outgrown the team, they are gone.  His strongest player is often the one others’ consider weakest.  His offense becomes defense, his defense becomes offense.  He has superstar forwards playing midfield.  And he has fabulous defenders playing wing.