There is little similarity between cricket and running a company. However, the skill to transform business returns by folds over years or over months certainly has some hookups with the skill to amass runs fighting against fierce deliveries. For a batsmen, guarding a wicket is about skills convoluted with experience, intuition and self-confidence. Similar are the necessities for a CEO to run a business through intuitive decisions that culminate through the concoction of same attributes that constitutes a ball hitter. Here are three important lessons that a CEO can scratch out from a quality batsman.
The Intuition to take right decision in the Nick of Time
A good batsman is highly perceptive not only about the movement of the bowler and the boll, but also about the position of fielders. It is only a matter of seconds that a batsman gets to decide on his shot. This time, however, might reduce to less than a second when they have to face bowlers on the likes of Shoaib Akhtar with 150 Kmph spells. However, great cricketer like Sachin Tendulkar was a nightmare for such speed stars. A batsman has to move their position, the bat and finally hit the shot in a single instance with sheer power of both the mind and the body. This ability is a winning catch to become a successful CEO. The present market is much volatile and Sensex might take a U-turn within hours. CEOs must have the ability to maneuver a market scenario to the safe side of the business within no time. Only the ability of taking quick and correct decision would allow them to hit hard and score something big in a highly dynamic market.
Learning the art of Patience
Mental buildup is the key. Every batsmen has to undergo some form of pressure throughout the match. And there are instance match winners emerges out from nowhere down the batting line. They play slow, they play low and they play as if they are completely insensitive towards the building pressure. It is this art of patience that makes such cricketers the match winning bets turning the table for their team. In cricket sometimes remaining in the crease matters more than gathering runs where patience of the batsmen is all that counts. In the same way, half of the share price might go astray, the campaign might go haywire and investors might become as scares as hen’s teeth. But, it does not mean that the chase cannot be recovered. And for CEOs as well, patience becomes the only winning bet.
Heading out for the sole responsibility
Each run holds an esteemed significance. There are many great matches in cricket history that are won by a single run. India lost the World Cup 1987 to Australia by a single run and most recent is the T20 World Cup match where India won against Bangladesh by one run. Thus, it is the responsibility of a batsmen to collect every single run through the inning. This can be successful only if he or she take the complete responsibility of the match, the score or the chase as long as he or she is on the crease. Similarly, CEO’s should know that they are solely responsible for success of the company and that they cannot let go a single instance or development unnoticed under their nose. Handling over a responsibility to the CTO or the CFO does not mean that the CEO is off the hook completely.
Cricket is about the psychological warfare that constantly goes on between the two teams as much as it is about the physical performance. This is the reason why “maintaining a cool” in critical overs on the pitch has become a key to victory for batsmen. Lest to point out the importance of strategies for a win. These aspects are similar to the basic requirements for success of a business venture or for running a company smoothly. CEO’s has many things to learn from not only a batsman but from bowlers, from the wicket keeper, from fielders and from the Game of Cricket comprehensibly.
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