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5 kinds of employees you want from the Indian cricket team

All set to form your team at work? Let the current cricket craze show you the way in selecting a winning team
5 kinds of employees you want from the Indian cricket team
Illustration: Sandeep Joshi

Neeraj Deshpande

There is no organisation as diverse and difficult to manage as the Indian Cricket Team. The amount of pressure to perform individually and as a team is immense. On the plus side, if our team has managed to maintain its apex position in the world of cricket it is because of the right mix of players we have today. 

Each player’s skills complements every other’s and that’s what makes it work. Similarly, organisations need to find the right mix. Not everybody can be a superstar like Kohli but each team member has to pitch in and give their best shot like an Amit Mishra or an Ishant Sharma does. Interestingly each organisation is like a cricket team in itself, fighting for the top spot in its own field. So which are the players that you would like to see in your team: 

The Dhonis A very obvious choice for leaders. These are the people you would like to have when it matters the most — the shrewd planners with ruthless execution. They will carry your plan through with precision. Hard times will not demotivate them. They are calm-headed and have common sense to take the right decision.

The Kohlis The warriors. They don’t like the number 2 spot. They won’t rest before hitting their target numbers. For an organisation to succeed, you need people who are energetic and go-getters by nature. Even on their worst days, they will be better than the most of the others in the team. They are, in fact, the most apt for sales positions.

The Dravids The stabilising force. These are the rock solid walls you need to have when external forces are hitting you left, right and center. When a customer is not happy or the market is tumbling, you need somebody who will create enough confidence in the team to weather the storm. If a customer is irate, they are the right choice to handle them. You can rest assured that the customer will go back with a smile on their face and faith restored in the organisation.

The Kumbles They are the true work-horses. They don’t get tired or dejected even if they don’t see immediate results. They will come every day with the same level of enthusiasm and patience. They will focus on the smaller things that need to be fixed in order to create maximum impact. They don’t crave for appreciation and take success as well as loss equally well. Suited more for operational jobs, they will ensure smooth functioning of the organisation. And last but certainly not the least.

The Gangulys To get all the above kind of employees, you need somebody with a vision and an eye for talent. Sometimes the organization may not agree with you, but if you know a person is the right fit for the organisation, you need to fight to get them on board, create the best team possible, and also spread positivity among teams. These people are best suited for leadership and HR positions. You need them to form teams that will take your organization to the top.

— The writer is Head of Teambuilding, Work Better


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