Recently I was in Fiji and speaking with Sir Graham Henry about what he did specifically to build the All Blacks into one of the most successful sports teams in history, and to create great role models in the process. Their success record is incredible, and what strikes me even more than that is the character of the men who are now retiring from the All Blacks; people like Ma’a Nonu who began his career as a hot-headed immature boy, and finished as a considered and skilled man, a role model.
What Ted told me wasn’t rocket science. Their strategy consisted of:
- Individual performance improvement
- Consensus leadership
- Handling pressure
But if it’s not rocket science, why aren’t more teams that good?
Firstly, when you can’t articulate a strategy you can’t execute on it. If the strategy had been to ‘improve culture’ then nothing would have happened, but because they articulated what ‘improve culture’ looked like, they could execute on it.
Secondly, because most people and companies fail to execute well even when the strategy is clear.
Exceptional sports team and businesses articulate their strategy then execute on that strategy relentlessly.
As Richie McCaw said to me, “Even when the competition know our strategy, it’s very hard to defend against us when we execute well.
Stop worrying about your competition knowing what you’re up to and invest your energy in execution.
In life, if you can’t win, change the rules.
There are two lessons that are relevant to life that have really struck me:
Siri wasn’t created by Apple.
How often are you getting out of the weeds to look at your business? Weekly? Monthly? Quarterly? Yearly?
I was spending time with a friend recently who has built a huge multi-national business. We were talking about life and business, and then we got on to health and he said something very interesting…
This week I attended Peter Diamandis’ technology event, Abundance 360.
As 2017 draws to a close, 2018 offers up unlimited opportunity for each of us.
When it comes to your business, what’s more important, revenue or profit?
I run a course called Board of Directors. Business owners join me for two days every three months and we go deep on their businesses, and their own personal psychology.