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I use an example from sport today to highlight the crucial need for role clarity. The DLF Indian Premier League is receiving the rapt attention of cricket lovers the world over.

Sadly, the team I am rooting for – the Bangalore Royal Challengers- is languishing at the very bottom of the table. What’s wrong with them? The team composition? The team leadership? The selection of the playing XI?

Rahul Dravid is not a demonstrative captain. He comes across as being almost aloof. I do not rate his leadership skills highly. Unlike other teams, we hardly ever see senior pros. talk to the captain and give their suggestions. Either they are not given or they are not wanted. Both are bad. Kallis, the South African all rounder had proved to be the biggest NPA. They have paid $ 900,000 for him . About time he did much more than he has been doing till now.

Lastly, who is in charge? Is it the CEO? Is it the coach?  Is it the captain? Charu Sharma, the CEO, has just been sacked. He has the unenviable distinction of being the first functionary to get the axe in the non-performing team. Dr. Vijay Mallya is a successful businessman. He, and rightly so, expects a good return on his investment.

What is needed is strong role clarity. I suspect too many people are involved with no one being accountable.

Get the roles straight, let the players know that poor performers won’t be tolerated and I am sure we will see a change in the attitude- and performance- of the team.

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