Anyone who has been around us for a while will often hear us refer to various team sports and how they are managed, particularly the successful ones. There are a number of similarities they have with successful businesses. How they structure their teams, how they attract and retain talent, their strategy development?
Listening to a recent interview with a Munster Rugby player it was abundantly evident that even though these teams have world class players and are looking for international trophies no one is allowed to lose the run of themselves. If an Ego tries to get out of hand the team and management bring them down to earth in short order.
You might say that there is no comparison with these teams and business. Our experience is that successful companies do not entertain Ego’s, they promote talent and achievement but not personalities. We have come across a number of organisations where there was an employee “who could not be done without” they were too valuable to the organisation. But when you stood back from it a little bit, whether it’s your star Sales person, the Operations Guru you can’t do without, these employees can often have an unhealthy and unproductive grip on key areas of your business.
Don’t for a minute think we are saying you don’t need talented people, what we are saying is that an unhealthy Ego parked in your business is a cancer that needs to be cut out. In our team analogies we also refer to how the Manager deals with these things, think of Brian Cody of Kilkenny, Joe Schmidt Ireland Rugby coach, Eamonn Fitzmaurice of Kerry. There is no room for an Ego in their teams. Their players treat them with respect and always put in an honest shift. Have you got what it takes to be like them?