- On July 25, 2016
Which Teamwork Lessons Can We Learn from The Tour De France?
First, Froome might have won the 103rd edition of the Tour de France but as we all have seen on TV the reason why nobody has been able to beat or threaten Chris Froome is TEAM SKY. Here is why?
- Zero ego; the only guy at team sky that I am not quite sure if he really gives 100% to Chris is the Spaniard Mikel Landa. I think he believes he should be the protected guy or too good to be Chris’s assistant. Most companies have “that guy”. Everybody else, you can tell when they ride or they talk after the stages that their commitment is to Chris’s success. It is all about the yellow dream. Personal glory is not in their minds.
- Knowing your place in the Team; how many companies have defined roles within the team? Answer: not too many. To me, this came clear to my mind when Chris crashed on stage 19. The team had the strategy sorted. Geraint Thomas was there to help Chris. Do you think that was a lucky move? Let me assure you it wasn’t. Most companies should structure plan A, B and C.
- Team effort: Knowing that you have the best team on your side gives you and your company such confidence that translates to PRESENCE, confidence and that terrifying feeling that your competitors fear. In particular, when your competitors know that they have to deliver due to investment, external funds pressure or simply because their team feels that they belong to the losing team
- Science: as a matter of fact, I know team sky has terrific Sport Science and analysts. Regardless of which industry you work in you have to have the one or two genius guy(“s) that give you the security to support your products and services.
- Leadership: To me, Froome inspires confidence and I believe he really does his job to the best of his ability (control his weight, rest when he should and train with a purpose). Do you have such a leader in your organization? Do they inspire you to do your best?
Second; Co leadership doesn’t work! AKA: Astana and BMC teams are the perfect example for my point.
Most companies have a CEO with a unique leadership and vision. EVERYBODY else has to relay behind the leader. You can’t have the CFO, COO or other members of the team “pulling the boat left or right”.
What a disastrous strategy to bring Mr. Nibali and Mr. Aru into the same race. As a professional, I can clearly teach my team what teamwork ISN’T. Nibali was there to help and mentor ARU. Instead what he did is to race for individual victories and assist Aru when possible. If you want to educate and really help someone you should be there the whole way along. The learning process happens when you spend quality time with each other not just on random occasions. For once, Mr. Valverde surprised me. I never thought that he would honestly help Mr. Quintana. This also proves my theory that seniority gives you a different perspective in life. You value what others have done for you so Mr. Valverde now knows that is time to give back. In one word, mentor the next generation.
The Mr. Porte and Mr. Van Garden case. From day one, you could tell in their faces that they are not happy to be named Co Leaders. Either you are or not. You do not have to be an expert in Psychology to know that. It is the all say: Common sense please!
Thirdly; not having a defined and clear strategy epitomizes Cannondale, Lotto Jumbo, Bora, Cofidis, Fortuneo and Direct Energie teams.
There are two reasons why companies have to look carefully at their strategies. In these cases, all these teams do not have what it takes to race at this level. Why would they put their best riders to race the best race? I would have saved them for other races. This is a classic example of Marketing investments. Where should you put your money? Too many companies got this very wrong.