Complexity and Contradiction of High Performance
We have just witnessed one of the great AFL Grand Finals, with the West Coast Eagles beating Collingwood by less than a goal, in a match the Magpies led for all but a few minutes.
It was a game of moments, many of which are now being analysed, and will be for years to come.
For Collingwood people, it is a loss that will never get any easier, even in their quiet moments.
They will seek to build from it, grow as a team, grow as individuals, all in the knowledge that such an opportunity may never present itself to this group.
At this time of year, there is a lot of talk about the culture of elite sporting teams and clubs, often from people who have never lived it.
Contradictions abound. For all of its collegiality and team-spirit, it shakes itself back to its true form when futures are decided at the selection and trade tables.
As tough as it seems, individuals are valued while they can produce what is required of them, or unless someone quicker, bigger and more skilful, or younger, cheaper and less risky is available, and then they are replaced.
It is a game of constant tradeoffs.
CEO & Founder
Allan Jeans was never a dreamer, he was way too pragmatic for that, but clearly understood that he had the capacity to make or break dreams, and that often proved a heavy burden.read more
All of our work at designCEO builds on the core philosophy that people, teams and organisations do not rise to the level of their ambition, they fall to the standard of their systems.read more
So ask yourself, are you matching the values you talk to, with the standards you model, and are you prepared to call people out for behaviours outside of these expectations, regardless of who they are, be it status or ‘technical’ performance?read more
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