IPL T20 cricket is in its ninth edition this year. With the final few games left, we look back at some of the things the winning captains have said at the end of their matches. By reflecting on how have they succeeded in that particular match, they share valuable insights into leadership, team-working, culture and motivation.
These simple statements give us a lot of food for thought for workplace management and how we manage teams.
The guys are a great bunch of lads, the things that we do away from the ground, we throw darts on each other’s faces, we are playing in the pool. We have fun together with each other, so when everyone comes to play- they have a smile on the face.
David Warner, Match 40, RPS Vs SRH
You have to start afresh every day. I know it sounds very boring and traditional. But that’s the way it is. To have discipline to improve as a cricketer every day you have to do boring things. You need to build your innings similar way no matter how well you are striking the ball. Similarly, with your training and diet everything has to be boring. If you’re an elite sportsman at this level, you have to make sure every day is made use of. You need to make every day count
Virat Kohli, Match 56, RCB v/s DD
3. How much do you have to develop yourself year on year for this game?
The skill set is something which is very important. How you adapt to the condition, how you keep changing your game according to the demands. People will come up with new plans every year against batsmen and bowlers and you are constantly looking to improve your game but at the same time when you are thrown the questions, you look for answers. That’s when adaptability comes in.
MS Dhoni, Match 53, RPS V/s KXIP
We are sticking to our processes. Making sure that practices are not lengthy, we are resting also. Processes are followed diligently. There is a lot of excitement, when you have a young team, you always the energy to go into practices and matches.
Zaheer Khan Match 17, DD v/s MI
5. Is it anything particularly different that you have done as a squad that has ensured you have started this well in this season?
We have been a stable squad; we have not done many changes. We have trusted a lot in our players, you have to give them that security and security is very important. I always feel that till the time you give them that security they will not share their feelings.
Gautam Gambhir, Match 13, KKR v/s KXIP
It is just a name, there is a lot of experience in the middle. You have to just pick the best thought, what’s best for the team.
Suresh Raina, Match 6, GL v/s RPS
Cricket has been a religion in India, and along with providing us nerve wracking excitement and entertainment, it also provides us with brilliant management insights. These answers (taken verbatim) from their post match interviews are simple yet very deep statements on self management and team management by winning captains. To summarize, this is what you could do if you are want to be a successful leader and employee:
1. Build camaraderie with your colleagues and team members, have fun together, both in office and out of it
2. Have a routine and follow it, no matter how boring it is
3. Be disciplined and do meaningful things everyday. Make every day of your life count!
4. Be adaptable. With changing conditions, people who can adapt to changing plans would succeed
5. Follow Processes. Specially when work is less and there is no exciting stuff happening, keep following set processes to be able to maintain momentum.
6. Provide Job/Role Security. Ensure each member of the team realizes their value and worth in the team and know very clear what their role in the overall team is.
7. There would be just one leader but the leader should ensure that the key experiences of the team members are considered and heard. The best ideas can come not only from the leader, but also from the team members. Whatever is good for the team should be done, irrespective of who said it.