Hello everyone, having joined Macildowie’s this month this is my first blog contribution (and first blog ever for that matter!), but certainly not my last…
So England have turned their fortunes around after a torrid winter in Australia, they seemed hung over against the Sri Lankans who took full advantage and it seemed inevitable the Indians would present themselves this summer and deliver the killer blow to Alistair Cook and his men. Thankfully for the England supporters, Cooks leadership and resilience has ended up marshalling the team from the proverbial “bloody nose” at 0-1 down, to seal a 3-1 series win.
Having witnessed first-hand the terrible rut the team found themselves in over the winter, neither Cook nor Bell could buy too many runs and the much maligned Kevin Pieterson stuck to the formula that has made him one of the most talked about batsmen in modern day cricket. Unfortunately, the maverick approach didn’t come off and Cook (and the ECB panel) was left with the difficult choice to either stand-by his often-misunderstood match winner, or not – we all know how that turned out. Leading an international sporting team, as with the leadership of any business, requires individuals to come together and strive for a common goal with each individual taking responsibility to be as good as they can be. Dave Brailsford, the man attributed with British cycling’s resurgence on the world and Olympic stage, keeps his leadership mantra very simple – “focus on the process, not the outcome” – it is often easy to focus simply on winning in the cricket context, or achieving the monthly target when we are talking about a business and forget that without the understanding of the standards required to perform at optimal levels time and time again, winning might be more luck than judgement.
The most successful leaders focus on the process that facilitates success and ensure their team are willing to take the responsibility to become the best they can be – we all fail more than we succeed, so resilience is one of those irresistible components for success. That said and for all the praise I can heap on Cook for his success in his career to date and the turnaround he has managed this summer in our nations cricket team, we must all thank his wife for convincing him he was good enough to do it!
Everyone needs help sometimes!