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When José ‘The Special One’ Mourinho arrived as manager at Chelsea Football Club, he brought with him a reputation for pre-match planning of the highest order. Each game would be rigorously researched, with detailed briefings on each opposing player, team tactics, diagrams – the works. And it worked. In the book Leadership – The Lessons of Mourinho, his wife Tami explains how they generally go out to dinner after each match. ‘At the start of the dinner he starts by asking me all about my day and how the children have been. By the middle of dinner he is talking about football, and by dessert he has picked up a piece of paper and starts jotting ...

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