Lessons Learned from MS. Dhoni

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Lessons Learned from MS. Dhoni

Corporates run innumerable leadership and team management programs, but I am not sure the source from which MS Dhoni draws his lessons on Team Management! I wonder, whether BCCI sends him to those ‘Leadership Programs’ or asks him to read Harvard Business Review or articles by Guy Kawasaki. Or is it just his innate understanding of human nature that makes him one of the best leaders around.

After winning the ICC World Cup 2015 quarter-finals match against Bangladesh, he said in an interview.

‘…Seeing it (success of the bowlers) is one thing, believing it is something that’s more important because once you believe in something like that you keep working on it, the subconscious keeps working, and the good thing is it becomes part of the system…’

I marvel at the wisdom he shows whenever we hear him. Whatever be his source of wisdom, I think every manager/ leader should take a leaf out of his experience and steer their team to become top performers.

I am not going to discuss about the cricket technicalities here, but the behavioral aspects of team management, which MSD displays on or off the field. These are purely my views as seen, heard and perceived through the body language of the Indian cricket players, throughout the ICC World Cup 2015 and could be applied to any walk of life.

Onto the lessons learned from our very own Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni…

  • Performance of the team is a leader’s responsibility – Take the flak for bad performance and let individuals take the appreciation for their contribution. This is the first hallmark of a great leader and MSD has always taken the blame on himself if the team doesn’t do well, resulting in a more confident team in the next match.
  • Handling pressure/ stress – A leader should never pass the pressure from the external sources to his team, in fact he/ she should absorb the pressure. This particular aspect had been evident in all the matches. You would never see MSD scowling, shaking his head or waving his hands on any bowler or fielder. Whenever they make a mistake, his body language conveys a kind of reassurance that team members put in that extra effort the next time.
  • Show confidence in the team members no matter what – This is an important aspect for bringing out the best from the team. Throughout the pool matches MSD had never stated anything adverse for any player, which could pull the morale down. He might be giving individual feedback to each one of them, but never in front of media or public.
  • Play to the strengths – During the ICC world cup press conferences, I heard all the players state that they knew what role they are playing and what their responsibilities are. That was apparent in all the matches that have been played, if one player faltered other stepped up to perform, making the wins a team effort.

Quoting MSD again, “The search for all-rounder has been there for last five years and we are still in search of one. So I decided whatever I don’t have, I won’t crib and what I have, I will make do with it.”

  • Involve the team – In the field, MSD keeps encouraging the bowlers, by taking their opinions on setting the field and by giving feedback on the batsman at the crease. The fielders are encouraged for each and every extra run saved.

The reason I felt worth mentioning these lessons because I have been observing these traits in him for so many years, so early in his life; the traits which others take a while to master and some are never able to imbibe these key qualities essential to be a great leader.

I wish MSD all the best for all his endeavors, hope he wins all matches for India and keeps breaking record after record. One thing though I would like to tell him is to smile more often, I just love his smile! icon smile Lessons Learned from MS. Dhoni

About Ruchi Singh

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Ruchi Singh

Ruchi Singh writes in English and is a voracious reader. She has a degree in Electronics Engineering and is a freelance Quality Consultant. Besides writing and reading, her other interests include dabbling with Indian classical dance forms.

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Lessons Learned After Quitting a Professional Job

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Lessons Learned

When I got my first job everything was euphoric, first salary, first award, first promotion and… first stressful incident. The emphasis here is not on the incident but on the stress and repeated stress.

So there I was, many years of corporate life, frequently falling sick, indiscriminately popping Crocin, Combiflam pills. Sometimes sacrificing precious events of my children for the job, and sometimes silently ignoring the boss’s instructions for kid’s tennis class. Balancing, running, tripping… running… and more running.

Fatigue sets in by increasing demands in the job as you grow senior and the family as you grow older, the euphoria diminishes and the question arises. Why this rat-race?

After long discussions with the inner conscience, even longer with the outer one (the better-half), I left my job, even though the pros and cons were equally balanced.

It has been one and half years. So the lessons learned.

It’s not easy, no matter what: It is tough to leave hard-earned professional success. Initial couple of months are like honeymoon period with the new status. I caught on with sleep, watched movies, made favorite food for my kids, laughed at people going for work in the morning (a tiny sadist part of my soul).

But this doesn’t last, one misses the challenge, importance, authority and financial independence. The higher the position and number of years at work, higher the feeling of desolation. No matter how much thinking and mental preparation one has done, it’s not easy to leave behind the professional high.

But it’s okay. After all, the same would have been the case when one retires due to age. Focus on the positives. Have a ‘Quitting Plan’ to mentally occupy yourself. The solution here is to do something positive and meaningful rather than just being at home.

One cannot turn into super-homemaker overnight: Don’t have high expectation with yourself. For instance, if you had planned to surprise everyone, every day with your culinary talent and you are unable to do so or it doesn’t hold your interest, it’s fine. Don’t feel like a failure.

You are you. One can’t change one’s basic nature, habits and preferences with a snap of their fingers. So if you don’t feel mentally challenged by plan A, have a plan B. Learn a language. If reading interests, join a Book Review group. Teach on-line. Join an NGO. Start blogging. Follow your hobbies. Re-plan your ‘Quitting’ plan.

Drying of a source of income pinches: No matter how financially secure one is, the lack of money, to spend, always hurts. This would ease over a period of time. There is no quick-fix solution to this. Maybe the spouse gets a stupendous bonus/ raise or a long-lost aunt bequeaths a fortune, J then it’s a different story.

Last but not the least

Be polite and firm with people who start taking you for granted now that you are, supposedly, free: Do what you had planned to do as per your ‘Quitting’ plan. Keep yourself mentally agile. Exercise daily.

Human beings are creature of habits, as time passes we adapt to our situation and conditions. So just hang out there folks and this would seem like a passing phase which you would start to enjoy by doing things you never had time to do. Remember, everyone’s not so lucky to have this choice!

About Ruchi Singh

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Ruchi Singh

Ruchi Singh writes in English and is a voracious reader. She has a degree in Electronics Engineering and is a freelance Quality Consultant. Besides writing and reading, her other interests include dabbling with Indian classical dance forms.

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