Snowflakes, Rugby and Great Teamwork

Snowflakes, Rugby and Great Teamwork

Why a rugby player is like a snowflake “A snowflake on its own is a delicate thing but when they team up they can shut down a city,” so said Steve Maraboli and it’s a great way to think about the power of people working together. Rugby players would probably take exception to being referred to as snowflakes but the evidence of incredible teamwork in virtually every game in the recent Rugby World Cup was fantastic, and judging by the size of them, shutting down a city wouldn’t be beyond their capabilities. Click to Tweet: “A snowflake on its own is a delicate thing but when they team up they can shut down a city.”   When team members crystalise In organisations when teams don’t function effectively, we very often find that the team members are unclear of their own and each other’s roles with the result that vital tasks ‘slip through the cracks’ and everyone (understandably) denies responsibility. Unless something is done, the negative effect of this is likely to permanently affect the team’s performance and they are unlikely ever to achieve their full potential. In almost every game in the Rugby World Cup there was plenty of evidence of absolute clarity of role and there was also great trust and communication between players consistently ‘offloading’ the ball without looking, in the sure knowledge that their team mate was exactly where he needed to be to collect it and use it positively. When the members are all in agreement about the team’s purpose; when each individual is clear about their own and each other’s responsibilities and they have developed trust...