Measuring and improving goal alignment

Measuring and improving goal alignment The story goes that when President John F. Kennedy visited the NASA space centre for the first time, he asked a janitor, “what is your job here?”. The janitor replied, “I’m helping to put a man on the moon Mr. President”. This anecdote nicely highlights that a sense of shared…

Getting recruitment right, more often.

Getting recruitment right, more often. Getting recruitment right is extraordinarily hard and getting it wrong is expensive. When recruiting for a role or building a team, there are many assessment tools that help in the recruitment process. Tools that enable us to measure the skills and capabilities of a prospective new teammate – after all,…

Where is culture?

Stuart Lancaster, the previous England Rugby Manager, had a philosophy that “culture proceeds performance”. It was a slogan that was written on the walls around Twickenham. What this meant was that the delivery of sustainable performance requires the creation of the right environment and culture in order for it to thrive.

Can you measure Team IQ?

Working with successful teams in different sports, ‘team smarts’ or ‘team maturity’ is a recurring theme that emerges in discussions with elite coaches. This refers to knowing how and when to manage a game though the different phases of a game. This can take a variety of forms. For example, football coaches we’ve worked with…

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A word on culture, performance and England Rugby

When Stuart Lancaster managed England Rugby into the 2015 World Cup, the coaching team’s mantra was ‘Culture Underpins Performance’. Many other successful sporting teams share this philosophy and place significant emphasis on culture. However when Eddie Jones became manager of England Rugby, his philosophy for success was different: ‘Winning Breeds Culture’. But who has got…