A few weeks back I was lucky enough to listen to Wallabies coach Robbie Deans speak about leadership and his approach to coaching. Being a massive Wallabies fan, it was a real honour to listen to Robbie speak, he landed some real pearls of wisdom relevant beyond the sporting context.
Here are to quotes I took away
- “Teams need to stand for something beyond a win or a loss”
- “I want to create a leadership of many culture where everyone is prepared to lead”
- “I work within a KASH philosophy ( Knowledge, Attitude, Skills ,Habits) – I value Attitude and Habits above all”
- “My coaching is about focusing on what’s important right now’
- “Any decision is a good decision…no decision is a bad decision”
- “At the start of the season I get the players to agree on a collective purpose..then I get them to own it and commit to it”
- “I rate toughness over talent..at this level everyone has talent”
- “The invisible factors are defining in a team game”
- ‘At half time, silence is powerful, wait till they’re ready to listen”
- ‘The All Blacks point of difference is the EXPECTATION they place on themselves..that defines their performance”
I am ever the optimist, but we’re in good hands with Robbie, and I’m thinking that we’ll win the 2011 Rugby World Cup in NZ. Fingers crossed.