Advocates of the harmonious team may squirm as they read this title. But in fact this has nothing to do with team harmony, so fear not. Having sat through 4 days of high performance sporting conferences in both the UK and in Cape Town, I have had a mindset shift that needs sharing.
Many a meeting has taken place after a match about what the team needs to do – often these thoughts are laden with the emotion that comes from the result. The truth however, in any team activity, sport or non-sport related, is that the team performance was as a result of a composite of individualsâ€™ performance which are often vastly different based on their on-day mindset, their strengths, weaknesses and specific plan for that game. And this is where coaches and managers need to be thinking â€“ thinking about what each individual needs and not what the team needs.