Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Next Goal Wins

My latest book, Reel Leadership, is now available on Amazon. If you love movies and leadership, you will love this book.

Directed by Taika Waititi, Next Goal Wins is a heartwarming tale based on the true story of the American Samoa soccer team. The team was so bad that they once lost all 30 games they played. To add salt to their wounds, they also had a 31-0 loss to Australia in 2001. This sent Australia to the 2002 World Cup.

But, like many things, teams can turn around. Organizations can change. And people can be proud of the work they do.

I missed this gem of a film in the theaters. However, you can now catch this movie on Disney Plus and other streaming channels. It’s worth checking out.

Soccer players in green jerseys circled around their coach in a black shirt.

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Next Goal Wins

Leadership Lessons From The Queen Of Katwe

Could you imagine living a life of abject poverty? You don’t know where your next meal will come from. You don’t know how long it will take you to walk the 5 kilometers to school? There’s even the possibility your mother or father will be dead upon your return.

Everything is uncertain. And everything is unpleasant. That was the life of you Phiona Mutesi.

Book review of Queen Of Katwe

Growing up in Katwe, a slum in Uganda, that was Phiona’s life. She had no certainty. And life was more than likely going to be extremely hard on her.

Then everything changed when she stumbled upon a chess club run by Robert Katende.

Robert hadn’t led a great life either. He was a war refugee who became a missionary through Sports Outreach Institute.

He helped Phiona change the course of her life. And that of many other Ugandan children.