Leadership Lesson #72: Why Not Have a House Divided
A HOUSE DIVIDED AGAINST ITSELF
A House United beats a House Divided
On June 16th, 1858 in Springfield Illinois, Abraham Lincoln said these famous words:
“A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure, permanently, half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved — I do not expect the house to fall — but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing or all the other. Either the opponents of slavery will arrest the further spread of it, and place it where the public mind shall rest in the belief that it is in the course of ultimate extinction; or its advocates will push it forward, till it shall become alike lawful in all the States, old as well as new — North as well as South.”
On Saturday October 1st we saw the consequences of another house divided in the form of Collingwood football club being trounced by a house united in the form of Geelong Football Club.
(For those of you who are critics of my sporting examples, I do apologise but the example is as powerful and as current as we have in today’s Australian society. Sorry, you could also say the Australian Labor Party too I suppose.)
I had been saying for weeks, ‘if Collingwood pull off a Premiership in an environment where Coach Mick Malthouse clearly does not want to leave, where Malthouse and Buckley clearly are not in harmony and President Eddie McGuire and Malthouse are not in harmony, it will go against all the principles I have observed and taught about teams, business and human performance for the past 30 years.”
THREE KEY PRINCIPLES OF WINNING TEAMS IN SPORT AND BUSINESS
Where there is a ripple at the top, there is a tidal wave at the front line
A crack in the home and away season becomes a gaping hole in the finals
If any one person sees themselves as bigger than the team, you have a problem
The words of Yale Psychologists Sternberg and William’s study as quoted in Daniel Goleman’s book Emotional Intelligence ring in my ears….
‘The single most important factor in maximising the excellence of a groups product was the degree to which the members were able to create a state of internal harmony, which lets them advantage of the full talent of their members….’
Eddie McGuire thought he could beat the Science. It didn’t work. There was too much disharmony as a result of his compromise deal to keep Nathan Buckley at the Club.
Just as the compromise of the Mason-Dixon line didn’t work as part of the Missouri Compromise for the USA on the issue of Slavery (which was eventually resolved with the Civil War), the Malthouse-Buckley compromise didn’t work either. I believe it cost them the Premiership. (There, I’ve said it. I wonder how many others will say the same.)
PS: My prediction: Get ready for Malthouse to announce he is coaching somewhere else next year. I really doubt he wants to walk away from it all. He loves it (and all that it entails) way too much and he has way too much expertise and experience to just let it sit on the bookshelf.
For students of human behaviour like myself, you’ll love the said and unsaid of this video clip I’ve just come across. Mick’s post match press conference where he talks about next year.
SYNERGY AND LOVE IN SUCCESS
Watching the Geelong team after the Grand Final, out of the MCG after the game, the words ‘humbled..’ ‘honor to play with..’ ‘love….’ were used over and over again.
I have also said to teams, if you can get to a point where players literally ‘love’ each other; love their club, love playing in the same team as their team mates, you have a level of metaphysics, a level of synergy that is very hard to beat.
Many coaches (in male sports in particular) wont talk about it, and you can’t manufacture it, but when it exists, you have a great team on your hands.
How much love is in your business team (or even family team)? How could you increase the love factor at home or at work? (That is a big question well worth asking)
And here is another clip for students of leadership, coaching and success. See what you can learn and read from this. Some brilliant insights again into empowerment and ‘management by getting out of the way..’
SPORT, BUSINESS AND SALES SUCCESS
In the past week I have been preparing for a seminar I am running in Perth on November 5th – a one day Sales Management Masterclass for Progressive Business Owners and Sales Managers.
I will be using the principles that have won David Parkin 4 AFL Premierships, Brian Cook 5 AFL Premierships and Wayne Bennett 7 NRL Premierships.
I have taken those principles and applied them to Sales Teams and Sales Management.
I have experimented with many of these principles over the past 15 years in particular…
They work incredibly well..
I used 3 of the 12 exercises I have created for the Seminar with a client Sales Team during the week….
The first 50 people will receive a copy of our ‘Cracking the Million Dollar Sales Code’ book valued at $27 and a copy of my interview with my old mate, 5 time Premiership Winning CEO Brian Cook on“The Inner Secrets to Winning an AFL Premiership and How it Applies to YOUR Business with Brian Cook” valued at $97
PS: Congrats and well done to Cookey and the whole Geelong Club once again… Brian has proven yet again he is a man who knows how to create an environment of team, excellence, engagement and winning. To find out more on how you can do it your sales and business team, come to the Sales Management Masterclass on November 5th.