Form is temporary…Class is permanent!

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For many of the things that we do in life, there will sometimes be a drop off in performance. This can be accounted for in a number of ways…Fatigue, lack of motivation, boredom, confidence…and where teams are concerned, perhaps some divides that start to appear under the surface…small cracks that if not tackled, can lead to larger and more dangerous crevices.

Previous articles have touched on “Tuckman’s Model” …how teams grow and evolve.
If we consider teams in every sense, we can consider professional sport…Take Liverpool FC & Jurgen Klopp. Last season they were run away Champions…this season, they struggled to even stay with the chasing pack…what has changed?
Could it be complacency, or as some may suggest, a run of injuries.

Let’s then compare this to a “Sales Team” in an organisation. Flying high and month on month outperforming against targets. The team confident in each other and full of belief…then a couple of their star performers leave. Performance levels dip, more is expected of others, and suddenly, hitting target becomes a struggle.
While avoiding injuries can be outside a team’s control, the need of a fully integrated squad becomes vital…the challenge then is keeping everyone happy!

The talent of the individuals has not changed, just the situation that they find themselves in. Re jigging formation, re-allocating targets.

  • How well does the Leader know his team, to ask for an extra performance from some?
  • How balanced is the squad?
  • Do resignations come as a surprise?

They say that the time to evolve is when you are at the top…never being complacent, constantly keeping everyone on their toes…and not having a crisis when things start to unravel!

One thing is for sure…great Leaders will know that form is temporary, and class is permanent…will be quietly talking with their teams, and as quickly as possible, to return to winning ways!

“Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time”