On Monday night, Leicester City’s status as the champions of English football was confirmed when closest rivals Tottenham drew with Chelsea.
On Tuesday morning, my Twitter timeline was full of analysis and anecdotes about their unlikely success. Cycling coach and Team Sky general manager Sir Dave Brailsford told the Today Programme he sent sports scientists to Leicester to find out how they broke the status quo of the big four clubs. But it’s not just cyclists who can learn from a football club. There are plenty of things you can apply to the running of your store from Leicester’s victory against the odds.
First, don’t fear failure. Leicester started the season widely tipped for relegation and manager Claudio Ranieri joined as a laughing stock, having been sacked by the Greek national team.
Second, move on from your knockbacks. Leicester did not fare well in either cup competition, but used the extra time to focus on their league form.
There are plenty of things you can apply to the running of your store from Leicester’s victory against the odds
Third, keep things simple. Leicester used fewer players than any other Premier League club – 10 less than Manchester United – this season as they settled on a winning formula rather than tinkering with different strategies.
Fourth, use the tools available to you. Previously, only the biggest clubs or companies would have a team of data analysts, but this has all changed. Like RN’s What To Stock ranging guide, free with next week’s issue, these powerful tools identify opportunities for fine-tuning your operation.
Fifth, have fun while you do it. Mr Ranieri ran relaxed training sessions, bought the team pizza when they won and attended players’ birthday parties.
Finally, no matter how daunting a task seems, few things will have longer odds than the 5,000/1 offered on Leicester winning the title nine months ago. It shows anything’s possible.