Where do you go to find the answers when things go as badly as they do now? My guess is most of us are looking at the wrong places.
It is human nature – failure is analysed and scrutinised to the finest detail because for some reason we believe if we analyse something that is not working, we will automatically and miraculously figure out how to start doing things right again.
Ah if life was but that simple.
It is one thing to figure out that you are getting something wrong or making mistakes, but it is quite a different thing turn that into success.
You see what we humans do (and believe we are smart because of it) is that we reckon just by identifying that we are doing something wrong we expect that we could get things right or turn it around by doing the exact same opposite knowing (or rather hoping) that if it is not wrong, it must be right and since we know this is wrong, doing the opposite will be right.
It is the typical analytical thinking (black and white, positive and negative, ying and yang) that makes me realise watching Discovery Channel on a Sunday (after a bottle and half of my favourite Red) that we are indeed very simple (read stupid) creatures.
Doing the opposite of wrong does not make something right – and the more you try and do the ‘not wrong’ or opposite of wrong (and you are still getting it wrong) the more desperate you tend to get.
The biggest thing we are getting wrong in my opinion though, is that we overanalyse failures, where we should rather spend our time analysing success and identify what is working or much more likely to work, than hoping for the best or shooting in the dark hoping one bullet out of 50 might just hit the target.
This is applicable currently to the Sharks.
In the last 20 years the Sharks have been able to build a brand in rugby which has in the past been associated with the Manchester United’s of soccer – and rightly so.
In the last 20 years the Sharks have produced two of our most respected and successful Springbok captains, and a bucket load of Springbok players.
Although devoid of actual silverware, the Sharks have also been one of our most successful teams in rugby both locally and internationally based on results.
The Sharks, although limited from a resource point of view have also been able to produce and successfully compete at age-group level thanks largely to the results of having one of the most successful rugby academies in South Africa.
The point is, in the last 20 years the Sharks (apart from the odd hiccup every now and then) have been successful – they know how to be successful, and they should simply re-create what has worked for them in the past.
The Sharks have more or less the same bosses in the administration of the union for the last 15 or so years, so nothing there is really new. The Sharks also, have no doubt some of the most talented and gifted players in South Africa, not only in their senior ranks but also lower down.
Although a lot of questions are being raised about the current team management, Plumtree and Straeuli are no mucks when it comes to the game of rugby.
But you see, rugby is not only a team sport on the field, it is also a team sport and team effort off it.
At every single level in the union the Sharks have capable, if not successful individuals but for some reason, they do not seem to be able to operate on the same frequency.
There is no point in having the best individuals around in the world if there is no common goal or trust in the structures from players to captain, captain to coach, coach to management and management to administration (and then the same way down again).
The Sharks (and I dare say the supporters) are looking for answers based on the performances and actions of individuals, whereas the missing link is that something, or someone, that will have the ability to simply bring it all together.
Rugby is a result driven sport, and requires a result driven company or organisation to achieve success, and although success is dependent in a lot of ways on individual contributions, it is how those individual brilliance is put together that will ultimately bring about success.
The more the Sharks management and supporters focus on analysing the individual failures of the team and union, the more desperate you will get as is already the case with some actions (contracting) being taken by the union currently, and comments delivered on the team.
If you want results, start analysing successes rather than focussing your attention on failures.
You want my advice?
Just do one thing, or appoint one person, to bring the individual success of the union together.Tweet