A Leader, By Example…

Time to Read – One Over

And so England has retained the Ashes, in Australia, for the first time in 25 years.

Much praise is rightly being heaped on Captain Andrew Strauss. For me, there are three key behaviours that we can learn from Andrew, and apply in many areas of our lives.

1. A relentless focus on the outcome

The UK has a media of extremes – one win = the world’s best, one loss = disaster. Throughout the series and its highs and lows, Strauss kept his focus on the outcome – to retain the Ashes.

2. Getting on with the matter in hand, right now

Outcomes are only achieved through a series of actions in the now. In interviews with England players, this came through time and again – Strauss wanted a total attention to every ball, every play, in every present moment.

3. It’s not how often you get knocked down, it’s how often you get back up

After being dismissed for a third-ball duck in the first innings at Brisbane, Strauss said he had never felt worse on a cricket field. However that was in the past. He now had to focus on his second innings, which he did, scoring 110.

With my love and best wishes

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