Make hard team decisions - no d!ckheads
A few months ago, I wrote some articles sharing some lessons from the book "Legacy" by James Kerr which covers lessons in leadership that can be learnt from the game of rugby. The book discusses how the All Blacks achieved greatness and applies some of these lessons to the world of business to help make us better business leaders.
I unfortunately then had some personal issues that took me away from blogging for a while but now that I am back, I thought this was an important topic worth writing about.
So this is the lesson I want to share today…..
The book describes how birds flying in formation, in a v-shape, follow the spearhead. When one bird falls back, another one will take over and the formation is preserved. All the birds work together in a harmonious way which is 70% more efficient than flying solo. There are no egos involved, it is all about the team.
Rugby is similar, where one of the players takes the lead with the ball, the rest will follow in support. When the ball is passed on then another player takes the lead.
Fly in formation. Be of one mind. Follow the spearhead
Legacy - Chapter 6
To get the team working harmoniously together, the All Blacks worked by the mantra, "no d!ickheads". One player with a selfish mindset won't bring team results. No one is bigger than the team. By reinforcing this mantra, the All Black created a culture that ensured everyone was a team player knowing that the wrong attitude of one person, weakened the overall team.
For the strength of the pack is the wolf,
and the strength of the wolf is the pack
We can see how this mantra from the game of rugby can be applied to how to run successful teams in business. It just takes one rotten apple in your team to weaken the overall team and bring the whole team down. Your team are stronger when they work together, flying in formation, working with the other team members. The selfish mindset of one of your business team members is not going to help overall productivity and effectiveness.
In business, you need to work to establish a good culture where the team members support each other. If you have d!ckheads in your team, you need to do something about it. As a leader, you will need to address their behaviour directly. If they are not willing or able to change, then getting rid of them will be the only way forwards otherwise they will bring the whole team down. The other team members will support this if they feel that they are always being let down by one egocentric selfish team member.
It's better to have a thousand enemies outside the tent than one inside the tent
Don't let your weakest link be within your team - there are enough challenges our there in the world that your business will have to deal with.
How are you working to build the right non-selfish culture in your team? Would you get rid of someone if you felt they were a "d!ckhead" in your team?