While an individual athletic event like the 100 metres sprint or the 110 metres hurdles has its own charm, there is nothing quite so exciting as a relay- the 4x 100 is an example. Watching a relay squad combining as a team, retrieving lost ground in future legs and having sychronised exchange of batons from one leg to the next makes for thrilling moments for the spectators. Yet there has to be a great deal of co-ordination between the team members. As kids we were taught that the cardinal sin in running a relay race is to drop the baton. The team gets automatically disqualified and all your efforts go in vain. Continue reading
The recent Twenty20 match between India and Australia was awaited with much excitement. You couldn’t have asked for a more one sided match.The Aussies walked all over the Indians – bowling them out for a paltry 74 and winning with 9 wickets to spare. Skipper Dhoni said his players forgot their roles and responsibilities.
This post is not about that match. It is to highlight key steps in team formation- relevant for teams in both sport and business. By the way, isn’t sport particularly cricket becoming more like business and less like sport these days?
Here are a few points I find very important for success:-
- The team must be clear of their goals and objective
- Every player must be conscious of his/her role and responsibilities and how they affect the overall team
- Team members performance should be constantly evaluated
- Communication between leader and team members and between the team members themselves should be open and issues raised without fear of reprisals
- Regular and clear feedback should be given on improving individual and team performance
- The team should periodically re-visit their goals and see how they can better results by learning from past experiences.
Time and time again, events prove that individual brilliance cannot make up for a lack of team work. Ultimately, a leader is as successful as his/her team.
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This is the 62 nd of the “A Step A Day “series : To provide perspective and provoke thought to facilitate self-development across a wide spectrum of issues- big and small- crucial for executive success.