November 25th, 2014
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.