WITTW for team sports is a process aimed at blending evidence and experience, expertise and creativity, and accepting the role of data where it can illuminate the key WITTW factors and standards.
When an organization has made a commitment to a diversity, equity and inclusion agenda, there are a number of strategies that can be adopted to build diversity into its cultural structures and decision making processes.
Irrespective of the clear ethical imperative to confront bias against minorities in the hiring process, the business case against discrimination is equally strong.
Research shows that there is a significant correlation between high cognitive diversity and outperformance. This doesn’t invalidate the value of age, gender and racial diversity, but it does elevate cognitive diversity to an equal level.
The key is first mapping out the scenarios that may pose a serious threat to the viability of the organization. Once that work is done, we will have created a safety net that affords us more freedom to explore the opportunities presented by an industry navigating change on an unprecedented scale.
As the Black Lives Matter movement gathers global momentum, so too does the debate around the general lack of diversity in senior decision making roles throughout the economy and in the front offices of sports organizations.
One of the dangers of the Unicorn leader myth – particularly pervasive in sport – is that it prioritizes the cult of the individual over the wellbeing of the people being led. In doing so, it sidelines the importance of collaboration, communication and empathy to constructive leadership.
As the NBA and MLS play out their 2020 seasons in the Florida ‘bubble’, teams are busy trying to figure out how they overcome the challenges posed by such an alien environment.
In a 2017 interview with The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, ghSMART management consultant Elena Lytkina Botelho pronounced the death of the Unicorn leader.
Our executive search team has been looking at average tenure and time to hire data for general manager/president and head coach roles across the five major leagues (MLB, MLS, NBA, NFL, NHL).