There are two types of rugby: for those of you in the North, there’s something called rugby union; for those in the South, there’s something called rugby league. All those in the middle, including everyone who feels indifferent to both types or sport in general, the following story isn’t actually about rugby; it’s a lesson of togetherness and team spirit. We like to share things we can learn from and hope you’ll read on and allow yourself to be inspired.
Picture if you can, the 1968 Rugby League Challenge Cup Final. This was the game where the guy missed the last minute conversion, right in front of the posts. If he’d kicked it successfully, his team would have won the Challenge Cup. He didn’t and they lost.
The late Don Fox will always be remembered for his missed conversion attempt in the famous 1968 ‘watersplash’ Challenge Cup Final between Wakefield and Leeds at Wembley. Fluffing that goal from in front of the posts, in atrocious weather conditions, to leave Leeds 11-10 winners.
What’s interesting is that by the time of the kick, he’d already been named as ‘Man of the Match’ and winner of the prestigious Lance Todd Trophy. What’s even more interesting was the reaction of his team mates. They went over to console and hug him. They were in it together. They won together, lost together and shared the pain together.
For a long time now this spirit of ‘togetherness’ has been alive in both codes of rugby. When someone makes a mistake, their team mates support them. They put it behind them, get on with the game and keep working for each other.
In rugby union, a rising superstar achieved some amazing stuff for England during the 2013 Six Nations competition. In the first three games of the series, the 21 year old Owen Farrell scored a massive 42 of the 105 England points tally. During an interview after the third game, the interviewer questioned Owen’s wisdom in completing so many tackles and commented that maybe he should leave some of them to his teammates. Owen thought about this for a while and with a smile he explained that he just wanted to do what everyone else was doing. How is it fair for others to put their https://humanrightsfilmnetwork.org/cymbalta bodies on the line and not him? His final comment truly captured the essence of both codes when he said, “there are no individuals on the pitch.”
Of course, this ethos can be applied to all teams, whether in sport or in business. Even the ‘special one’ recognised the importance of unity and managed to unite the super-egos of premiership footballers. During his time at Chelsea Football Club, Jose Mourinho generated a spirit of togetherness by instilling a belief that the whole world disliked Chelsea and anything linked to Chelsea. Seemingly, Jose even believed the police disliked him too when they questioned him over quarantine issues regarding his Yorkshire terrier, Gullit.
This sense of togetherness, forged by defiance against perceived adversity, served Chelsea well. During Jose’s first year in charge, Chelsea won the Premier League title and League Cup. In his second year, the team retained the Premier League title and in his third year they won the FA and League Cups and were runners-up in the Premier League.
So, how does this relate to you? Perhaps you’ve been part of an amazing business team. Take a minute and think about that team and what it has achieved. Now make a list of all the stuff that made the team so successful.
Finally, a few questions for you:
- if you’re in an amazing business team right now, are you helping other teams in your organisation to be as good as you?
- if your team isn’t performing well, why is that and what can you do to make a difference?
- can you use the list you made earlier to help other teams within your organisation become more successful?
The following comment from Harry S. Truman may help:
“It’s amazing what can be achieved when it doesn’t matter who gets the credit”
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