During my workshops, participants ask me about the ‘techniques to get the best out of the team members’. Generally I recommend the key principles in the books ‘First break all rules’ by Markus Buckingham and ‘Good to Great’ by Jim Collins and it goes like this;
- Get the right people in and the wrong people out. Then ask them what can be done for the accomplishment of the team goals
- Play on the strengths of your people
- Bring in clarity to the roles and responsibilities
- Put the right person on the right job and give him the freedom to operate
- Do not de-motivate people
- Be a contributing manager, not a controlling manager (pigs and chickens)
These are my versions of the concepts discussed in these books and have worked for me.
After watching the 20-20 Indian premier league cricket matches (right now 12 matches over), by and large the above observations are right. So far Dhoni, the captain of the Chennai team has been the most successful, winning all the four matches they played and the next best is Shane Warne of the RAjasthan team. These two enjoy the game themselves and lead from the front most of the time, when there is a crisis. They both laugh a lot on and off the field, where as some of the biggest failures so far like Rahul Dravid and HArbajan Singh have very serious faces most of the time…they dont radiate a feeling as if they are enjoying the game, instead they reflect tension and pressure.
So the lessons from Dhoni – ” As a manager or captain, you should be enthusiastic and enjoying what you are doing. Should chip in and contribute whenever the team is facing an uphill task. Utilize your resources well based on their strengths. Sometimes the team can fail. As long as the wins are more than the losses, it is okay!. Enjoy it !