Just peep into the lives of some of the sports people. How do they perform so skilfully? What is the hidden secret behind their peek performance? Are you able to make out something?
Most of the sportsmen have not undergone any management training of any particular management school or they are not a member of any top level management associations. Then, have they read any sophisticated management series? No! They have not even burned the midnight oil for just skimming these books. Talking about few of them, they have never in their lifetime attended any management sessions delivered by renowned Management Gurus. Even most of them are under-graduates, who have never been the part of universities. More surprisingly, they have never undergone any Intelligence Quotient test. Then also, they demonstrate high level of refined intelligence and knowledge. If we try to understand these things and see intensively, we will find that they demonstrate the lessons of management and manifest every aspect of management principles.
During our lifetime, some or the other time, we have seen cricketers or sports people exhibiting their skills in the stadium. You locate that any sport is been played in an organised sector (BCCI AND IPL) as well as in an unorganised sector also (Street sports). CRICKET AS A SPORT HAS A TREMENDOUS ASSOCIATION WITH THE MANAGEMENT PRINCIPLES.
Let us focus on some of the vital Principals.
PLANNING AND STRATEGY MEETING
Let us see on the fielding side. Prior to entering into the ground, the team has a planning meeting (Clock room meeting). Complete team along with coach (consultant or business expert) seating along with the team. They discuss all the aspects while finalising the next day performance strategy. Which player has to perform which particular role according to his strength is also specified. Who will take up which role and has to do what, each and every minute thing is discussed in detailed before they go for a final performance.
Rehearsal in the morning or evening is a winning attitude in the sports. Doing our ‘Homework’ has higher level of impact in our lives. They always do their home work. In negotiations or collaborations, homework has a real big impact.
Believe in talent and not in beauty. That is the reason you will see a lot of cricketers without shaving their beard, having long shabby hairstyles, etc.
Luck plays a pivotal role in everybody’s life. It is a human tendency to believe in luck. Hence, most of the cricketers also believe in luck. It is usually seen that in a cricket ground, some pad first on their left leg, someone puts their right leg first on the ground thinking that this will unable them to lead. For some others, wearing a cap or putting on a sweater or having a handkerchief in the right side of the pocket seems to be the lucky charm for them.While on the ground during the performance most of the cricketers look at the sky after scoring 100 runs. And, they show their reverence by thanking the Almighty. They display an act of gratitude to some invisible energy resource. As we know that many religions exist on this planet so as different definitions of God for different people. Every human being believes in God and prays in some or the other way. But, ultimately they believe that there is some super natural force or a divine power which is invisible and has a control over all the visible things.
SUCCESS AND FAILURE
Success and failure are the two sides of a coin. When a batsman enters the field, he wants to perform excellent in order to prove his skills. He possesses certain characteristics such as he is a skill holder, outstanding track-recorder, willingness to perform, having a dream goal, helping his team, ready to meet challenges. From my point of view ready to meet challenges implies that every ball he faces is a challenge for him.
The time the batsman sets on the cricket field to bat he is standing against eleven opponents and is been challenged by them. The 11 opponents are performing at their best and take care that he could not perform. Their only aim is to defeat the batsman at a throw of every ball. Either they want him to be duck, run out or make a fault. His failure is their victory. People are always busy in ensuring your failure and your failure results in their victory. For this purpose, they all are synergising. To combat them, my advice to every sports person is to forget all internal disputes and carry on a common goal while focusing upon it. They need to strategize and move accordingly on it. All are at their best irrespective of their backgrounds, surroundings or circumstances (giving no space for reasoning, no room for be causing, no alternative for excuses). When bowler is bowling, he is an expert in bowling, a wicket keeper, standing at the back of stumps, is an expert in his work and stupendous fielders are fielding very close to him or are placed on the ground where he could be easily caught.
RIGHT MAN AT RIGHT JOB
We usually get trapped in office politics in our workplace and it is an indispensable part of the corporate world. You will find that one of your colleagues in office is politicking behind you. People are playing a spoil sport but it is behind the screens. You are unable to face it. What about a batsman? When a batsman is on the pitch, he is facing eleven opponents who are publicly politicking against him. Visualise yourself in the batsman position.
For your failure, opponents are constantly opposing you publicly. To make you fail they all stand together.
The same situation shapes up in crisis leadership. Even in crisis leadership, some people are assigned for a special role. For example, when the bowlers are unable to break the partnership, they invite the top batsman of their team to ball and even invite a night watchman for a prize wicket.
Cricketers possess strong physique. Cricket players when they are on the ground, they willingly kill their strong natural impulses (instincts) in order to defeat the opponent. These usual scenes you must have found, most of the time, when you are watching a match.
You will find that bowlers experience too much pain after bowling. When they thrust their leg with much force on the ground for bowling, definitely their knee is hurt. And, sometimes the effect is so bad that they need to undergo knee replacement. But, even after facing so many ordeals they do not stop. Their zeal to perform the best does not stop them from playing and they keep on performing. To stop the ball from hitting the boundary, they fell down or dye themselves and get injured. To catch the ball they throw themselves in the air and fall down too badly on the ground and get injured red.
APPRECIATION AND MOTIVATION
When someone strikes 50 or 100, entire team gets up in the pavilion and round of applause is demonstrated.
When the bowler is badly hit by the batsman in an over, immediately the leader or captain of the team runs to him, pats him on his shoulder or back and encourages him for better performance and pass the affirmation.
When somebody has taken 5 wickets in one of the innings, the entire team waits unless he leaves the ground at the end of the day. He becomes a leader of the day.
NO BLAME GAME
One of the team members is playing, he wants to perform well but he fails miserably. Even then, none of the other team members blame him publicly. They practise a lot of patience and never play that blame game. They might discuss these things in clock room, dark room or planning room. But, never criticise each other openly in public. Even if a fielder makes a mistake and unable to collect the ball on the boundary, which has resulted in addition of 4 runs on the score board of the opposite team but they do not blame for this. A high degree of tolerance is developed by them. Apply the rule of forget and forgive. They always focus on the next performance and thus gear up the team for the subsequent result.
DIFFERENT STROKES DIFFERENT FOLKS
Fielding team always strategizes themselves before entering the playground. They have different techniques for different players. They review their opponent’s performances and reach to conclusion of how to make him fail. And, accordingly they play. They plan their strategies for different players and a leader. Then, they follow this strategy during the performance time.
SACRIFICE AND WIN
Sometimes the batsman finds that on the other end of the pitch, his team member, an important player is playing. And, if he keeps on performing then their team can gain better results. But, he prefers to get run out or lose his wicket instead of being a strong batsman. He prefers to sacrifice so that the team can win. Moreover, most of the time, we have seen that the batsman bring an end to his glittering innings instead of the other batsman. He knows that if the other one stands with the team, the team can do better. So, he decides to sacrifice and ends his innings.
FITNESS IS EVERYTHING
What is the number one priority of a CEO? Pure oxygen in lungs. Regular exercise for a healthy body. Same rule is applied here, in cricket. Every member of the team is focusing on fitness and health. Exercise is the rule of the game. Physical fitness is an important lesson even for a manager.EQ VERSUS IQ
When some players make a mistake ….immediately, reactions are performed by other players but they recover themselves immediately, that demonstrates intelligence. They just believe in actions. They come back to the rule of the game. That is, the core of the game, the team work which is intelligence. When bowler is bowling or batsman is hitting, how the power comes in? Inner driven people and inner driven leadership ….leadership is inside as well as outside. The thing is rekindle it for our evolution.
If one team is unable to follow the rule of time management then that team has to face penalty. Penalty, in the terms of runs or over. So, learn to manage time. In a game, even the value of micro second is of great importance. You must have seen that most of the batsmen are declared run-out for the distance of micro second. The batsman put his bat to play and just then when a ball hits the wicket, the batsman through his bat giving out a cry. He loses. Why? A fraction of a second matters. Because of a gap of a micro second, which is important, he fails and he has to pay the price for this. That is his wicket. How many managers are given pay off for coming late?
Leader takes decisions and result is completely based on these decisions. Every media person and critics are ready with their sharp mind to analyse a leader’s decisions. Leader understands the power of decision. Recently, in ‘Australia Tour of India’, Lee was given bowling for less overs and why he was not invited for further overs? This question was asked badly to leader, I mean, Captain Ricky Ponting.
When the batsman is out and he knows that snick has taken the place, he does not wait for the empire’s signal. He follows honesty. Some of the cricketers are internationally famous for their honesty. They know they are out and they quit the ground.
USP (Unique Selling Proportion)
In a team we find each one has a special unique characteristic and gradually it becomes his USP (Unique Selling Proposition). USP refers here the unique feature possessed to demonstrate victory. Even in same expertise area you find different personalities possessing different USP. Suppose five batsmen are playing in one team, they all have different USP. Pointing and Sachin both are top level batsmen but both possess different USP.
Win or lose is the final scenario in this competitive world whether it is a playground or corporate company. What you have worked out for a day, is not important. What you make and create at the end of the day is all that matters. Actions and even the cause after actions are not taken into consideration.
When you are thinking about your work, think it from my point of view. That is, it is not a smart work or not a hard work but it is a great work. Just think about a batsman who scored the double century and has played for at least two days….nearly about 16 hours continuously. Where on each moment while playing, 11 opponents are active to make him fail, however, he defeats all 11 and places himself on a victory list. After hitting a double century, he jumps in the air, chuckles and celebrates for his performance. Where is that tiredness? Where is that stress? You will find that tiredness, stress and strain, everything vaporises because it is his great WORK. No one feels tired after performing his great work. People who do job for the sake of doing, they feel tiredness. It is never the hard work or the smart work but it’s always the great work.
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