Coach W dives in to The Art of War by taking each of the main concepts from each chapter and briefing his readers on the connection we can make to football. This is a great post for coaches to view as the off season begins to lead us towards essential questions we must answer and plans we must develop.
In discussing Chapter One of the book, Coach W writes,
“The art of war is governed by five constant factors, all of which need to be taken into account. They are: The Moral Law, Heaven, Earth, The Commander, and Method & Discipline…The Moral Law…(represents) The Head Coach is in charge and the players and assistant coaches believe in him…Earth comprises distances, great and small; danger and security; open ground and narrow passes (and represents) Down and Distance, Time factors”
If you’ve read The Art of War and liked the connections to coaching you may also want to check out The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene. This book includes such concepts as: Always say less than necessary, win through your actions, keep people dependent on you, and cultivate and air of unpredictability.
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