What It Takes To Win 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.
FC Barcelona’s plight serves as a useful case study in the importance of agility in negotiating change and avoiding the need for drastic and sudden upheaval.
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.
In an environment shaped by unpredictability and questions without clear answers, it can be difficult for organizations to properly evaluate risk and differentiate between opportunity and threat. Without previous experience of a crisis of this nature, finding useful waypoints or historical comparisons to help with its navigation can be extremely difficult.
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.
Quite correctly, the protest movement around systemic inequality focuses on the ethical dimensions of such ingrained bias. However, there is also a strong business case in favor of fighting discrimination within our institutions and organizations.
The idea that ‘Unicorn’ leaders are able to lead effectively without the support of an effective team and strong processes is an illusion. There are many extremely talented leaders in the sports industry, but their skills are amplified by the skills of those around them.
As we all adjust to the current global crisis, it can be useful to learn how organizations throughout history have adapted to major organizational trauma.
For many organizations, the only way to ensure survival in a sporting landscape shaped by the pandemic is to adapt. Those adaptations can only be brought about when the challenges of the moment are confronted with openness, honesty and realism.