What a study of rugby kickers can teach your business

Earlier today I read an article about a study on rugby kicking.

So what can a study like this teach you about your business?

In the blog post “Triggers of golden questions” I write about the questions certain situations raises. And this study is certainly a situation like that.

In this case, after reading the study, you’re faced with data on performance, not necessarily closely related to what you do, but still it makes you ask yourself,  both as an individual but also  regarding your business:

  • Where and when do I perform at my best?
  • Why there and then? Under what circumstances do I perform at my best?
  • Can I create those circumstances elsewhere or more frequently?
  • Which factors could be changed to create a more positive outcome?
  • What would it take to do so?
  • If I should do so, how will I measure if I get any effect out of it?

I would also ask – related to the part about Dan Carter being a great kicker, but perhaps not the greatest when it comes to kick under pressure – the following:

  • Do I know who’s my best performer?
  • Why that person?
  • Under what circumstances are that person performing at his/her best?
  • What kind of circumstances should we avoid?
  • Which are the key factors for his/her success?
  • What can I and the rest of my team learn from that person?
  • Can we create more of those positive circumstances without wearing my team out? Are they the same for everyone on the team or is it an individual thing?

As you see, the questions raised by a rugby study, doesn’t differ from those that would be useful in a business environment. The answers might, but not the questions. Actually it might be even easier to find these questions and relate them to your business if it’s not about your business to start with. Then you’re not personally involved or biased in any way.
So go explore other fields besides your own business. You might learn something about yourself!

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