Former Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan lands coaching gig
Mobile workforce technology company BigChange has signed former England football captain and manager Kevin Keegan OBE as an ambassador and the first coach of its new club for entrepreneurs.
Keegan, who won 63 international caps for England and captained his country on 31 occasions before moving into football management, will play an active role in the BigChange Entrepreneurs’ Club, a new initiative from the company to help company owners develop their leadership skills and improve business performance.
Launched today, the club provides a forum for the owners of organisations that work with Leeds-based BigChange to meet and discuss ideas with like-minded entrepreneurs once a quarter.
Former Newcastle boss Keegan will support BigChange’s efforts by providing leadership coaching and mentoring to members.
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Keegan believes that his experience in top-flight football will inspire a premier level of performance among the club's members and help them achieve more business goals.
"Management in football is similar to business. You've got to get the best out of your people and you've got to keep delivering year after year,” he said.
“The companies that are successful are those where leaders are passionate about making progress, they want to see how far they can take their ideas and they inspire that passion and commitment among their people too.
“I see that passion at BigChange and I'm excited about working with the team and its customers.
“There’s a great buzz at BigChange, there's a nice mix of youth and experience, and not only can I give something to help take the company forward, I can also learn things here too."
Martin Port, founder and CEO of BigChange, commented: "Kevin Keegan is one of the most iconic world footballers of his generation and an inspiration to me.
“He has achieved a huge amount both on and off the field and we are delighted to have signed him to BigChange. There is an enormous amount that businesses can learn from his focus, passion and leadership experience.
“The entrepreneurs and business leaders we work with are progressive and ambitious, and I am looking forward to working with Kevin to help inspire them to reach an even greater level of performance.”
BigChange provides a pioneering mobile workforce management system used by over 1,000 organisations globally that combines CRM, smart job scheduling, vehicle tracking and a series of mobile applications to eliminate paper record keeping and automate many of the manual processes undertaken by mobile workers.