Book review: The Gold Mine Effect

Emma De Vita reviews the new book from the former professional footballer Rasmus Ankersen

The Gold Mine Effect
The Gold Mine Effect

The slew of sports psychology books aimed at those in business started before the Olympics and will probably drag on until the end of the year. This contribution is written by Rasmus Ankersen, a former professional footballer, who is apparently a big business hitter in his native Denmark.

The sorts of questions he poses are: why are 137 of the world's 500 best female golfers from South Korea? And how did one athletics club in Kingston, Jamaica, manage to produce most of the world's best sprinters?

The secrets of high performance come down to what Andersen discovered when he spent six months travelling the world uncovering six "Gold Mines" - small, geographically defined locations that are pumping out top performers in assembly-line fashion. He then distils what he discovered into eight concepts, the first of which is "the secret is not the secret", and the last of which is "who wants it most". At the heart of his mission is the desire to help you spot talent - both your own and those of your team - and to nurture and develop it.

Ankersen provides a left-field take on high performance, with much food for thought. It's wacky, but it works.

Emma De Vita is books editor of Management Today

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