The Rugby World Cup 2015 is turning out to be one of the best ever. The Namibian rugby team is doing us all proud in showing their fighting spirit in taking on the bigger nations.
Continuing our series of articles on what we can learn from Rugby World Cup 205 and how to apply it to the world of leadership and sport. The lesson after round 3 of the world cup: Rugby, like business is not romantic
Football is the biggest team sport worldwide. There are many reasons for this, mainly, the rules are simple, the requirements to play are inexpensive and simple (a ball and a goal) and probably the biggest reason: The possibility of the upset.
If you google football upsets. A litany of options appear. “20 greatest football upsets”. “10 Greatest World Cup upsets” etc. Even on Matchday two of the 2015 Champions league there were two upsets on one night. Chelsea lost against Porto and Arsenal lost against Olympiakos. The game of football is made for upsets. The David and Goliath scenario plays out on football fields around the world on a regular basis and David regularly gets one over on Goliath. This possibility causes you to be glued to your seat until the last moment of the match.
Rugby on the other hand is not for romantics. Unfortunately. Sometimes there is a flash in the pan, like the recent loss of South Africa vs Japan, but genuine upsets are thinly spread. Just look at the All Black team’s almost unbelievable win percentage of 86% between 2004 and 2011. In rugby, if you have better players and better strategy you are very likely to win. It is no surprise that the most Currie Cup titles have been won by the two biggest rugby regions in South Africa. Also, no surprise that the Crusaders have won the Super Rugby title more than any one else.
Rugby, therefore is not romantic. Rugby is pragmatic. Good players, good strategy, good execution wins you games. Large multinationals will always put pressure on smaller companies. Big companies have the ability to attract the best employees and have the best methods to execute their strategies. So what can we learn from this and apply it to our working environment.
1.) Hire well
Too often companies are slack in their recruitment processes. The people in the company are the ones who are responsible for the success in the company. A successful company is one that has a recruitment strategy that is scientific. A strategy that includes a variety of selection tools to provide information on various aspect of the potential employee. Assessment centers and psychometric tests need to be part of the selection process. In addition, proper reference checking and standardized interviewing will assist in getting the right people on board.
2.) Correct Strategy
The emphasis on having the right strategy is essential to doing good business. Offering the right products or services at the right time in the right areas are crucial to business success. In addition to this successful companies are sensitive to changes in the business environment. Built into their strategy is the ability to evolve and adapt to continue leading the way.
3.) Proper execution
Having a strategy is no use if it is not executed well. The correct performance measurement systems should be put into place to determine if the results achieved are in line with the expected results. Investment into technology that allows real time feedback on sales performance or measurement of business improvement is no longer a luxury. Performance management needs to be linked to reward so employees can see the results of their efforts in the workplace. This allows them to engage in their jobs and put in even greater discretionary effort.