With the Cricket World Cup just finished, Ed explores what business lessons we can learn from his favourite pastime.
Despite the preconception many have about the game of cricket, it can be one of the most enthralling sports to watch, play and talk about. Just like business, cricket relies on key strengths such as decision making, risk taking, leadership and courage. From just a few of the cricketers playing in the Cricket World Cup we can learn lessons to carry into our business lives.
Cricket is full of risks. Take a risk and you could lose your team the game, but you could also smash the ball over the boundary for six. In the cricketing world the most successful batsmen such as Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson are known for being able to balance risk vs reward consistently which in business is a constant theme. Do you want to hire a new employee but you’re worried about the cost? Think about the reward you could gain from taking the risk and ultimately decide if it’s worth taking.
A captain such as Eoin Morgan Is more than just a figurehead. He instils calmness and passion within his team. He unites his team around a common goal to drive forward their vision. In this case the vision is to win the Cricket World Cup and the common goal is the enjoyment in playing their brand of cricket. As leaders it’s vital to encourage teamwork to achieve your collective vision.
‘Limited overs’ cricket can often seem quite frenetic with batsmen smashing sixes all around the ground but the best players stay level-headed throughout. Jos Buttler is, in my opinion, one of the most talented cricketers of this generation; he can hit a cricket ball miles and win games almost single-handedly. Jos is known for staying calm under pressure, which allows him space for logical thinking, a key ingredient of cricketing success. Many batsmen go into the ‘zone’ (their own little bubble)! It’s all about finding a way to stay calm under pressure that works for you.
I know that cricket is not for everyone. It doesn’t matter if your passion is knitting or paragliding you should always be able to find parallels that help you in your working life.
What’s your passion and how’s it helped you at work?