Football’s Leadership Lessons


There were two very contrasting World Cup football matches over the weekend. One was England’s 2-1 defeat at the hands of Italy and the other was Germany’s 4-0 win over Portugal. Despite the numerous differences in terms of style and substance, the key contrast between the two was evident by comments made during and after the game by pundits and managers.

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Can England think their way to winning the World Cup?

England have set off to the World Cup with a new man in the team – Dr Steve Peters, the psychiatrist who has worked so successfully with British Cycling over recent years. It is great to see that they are committed to developing their mind game every bit as much as the physical game on the pitch. With “pressure of expectation” often cited as a reason for failure in many of England’s previous World Cup campaigns, maybe this is the edge that the team need to succeed. Read More

Marginal gains can underpin your Team Performance

As I was thinking what next for Team Performance I decided to explore one of our favourite Wild Thinking philosophy’s that have inspired us in recent years. It seems fitting to explore a cycling success story with the imminent start of this years’ Tour de France in Yorkshire. Read More

DWOPs – Why looking backwards can help you to see in to the future


“In the business world, the rear view mirror is always clearer than the windshield”

Warren Buffet

Wild Thinking is asked to facilitate a lot of DWOP (Drilling the well on paper) sessions. These are technical sessions that also have a number of other exciting variants, including CWOPs (Completing the well on paper) and IWOPs (Intervening the well ….) etc. The basic idea is simple – you are about to embark on something that is technically very challenging, so before you start,  it’s good to get everyone involved together and pull apart the plan to look for any cracks. Read More