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Each of the teams and organisations featured in this latest Leaders Performance Institute Special Report took giant strides in 2019, both on and off the field, and the lessons learnt will be enthusiastically applied this year. They are, of course, at different stages of their development, with divergent objectives and performance concerns.
At the pinnacle are Arsenal Women, who last year reclaimed the Women’s Super League championship after seven years. The Brisbane Lions and the Football Association, based in England, are looking to take that next step. In 2019, Brisbane returned the AFL Grand Final after a six-year absence, while the England men’s and women’s football teams, operating under the auspices of the Football Association, reached the semi-finals of their respective World Cups in 2018 and 2019 before bowing out. Some critical decisions lie ahead.
Then there is the trio of the New York Giants, Harlequins and Hockey Australia. A more disparate group you could not wish to find, but each is steeped in historical achievement and searching for a path back to the summit. As this report demonstrates, each is working hard in pursuit of the right answers. Completing the mix is the historic Royal Military Academy and Red Bull’s burgeoning football operation, which, even at this early stage in its development, covers three continents.
The Performance Manual seeks to address these organisations’ most pressing concerns across four key pillars: Leadership & Culture, Coaching & Development, Human Performance, and Data & Innovation.