What Indian SMEs can learn from the Indian Cricket Team
India has won the Cricket World Cup on 02.04.2011 after 28 long years. It is a wonderful achievement by the team.
There are some lessons to be learned from this victory.
1. It is never impossible just arduous and need to be relentless to reach the top. The need is to be relentless but also remain alert for any changes in the environment.
2. All opponents are important and potential threat. No one should be taken lightly. Knowing their game plan is a must. Improvisation is crucial in business. One has to constantly juggle the strength and weaknesses to their advantage.
3. A cohesive team working as one can only bring results. One can have the best personnel in various positions but if they don't work in synergy than nothing can be achieved.
4. The role of workers, managers, leaders and owners are equally pivotal. Each has to play their part in order to achieve the bigger goal.
5. Environment plays a big role. Preparation and strategy does not work in isolation. One has to factor in the environment elements to succeed.
6. The captain has to lead from the front. The business owner cannot simply delegate tasks and expect results.
7. The team was constantly aware of the game plan. Communicate. Nothing should be left to imagination or perception. The mission, vision, goals, objectives, process, measurements - everything should be carved on stone and made transparent for the entire company to know and be aware of. No one likes being ambushed.
8. There are good coaches and bad and they have impact. A certain percentage of the win goes to proper coaching and mentoring. Everyone needs some from time to time.
9. Players who were unfit were not selected to play. Also players were not chosen based on their age, religion, caste or creed. The choice was based on merit and performance. Reservation, favoritism, bias - all will spell sure-shot doom.
10.With all the hard work, there is always the need for a wee bit of luck. Prayers are a must. Even the agnostic and atheist definitely have something to fall upon.