What beats success?

Try greatness. Success is fleeting, but greatness endures.

England’s cricketers are having a good few days. And it’s good to enjoy the success, if you happen to be a fan. Full stop?

For me, we are letting ourselves down if we settle for success but miss out on greatness.

Many years ago Graham Gooch, late on in his batting career, scored a massive 333 runs. “The Times” headline at the time was: “Gooch ascends to greatness.” I’ve never forgotten it.

The career-best performance earned him greatness because it was the crowning moment of a habit. His habit became sustained batting dominance. It was consistent inspiring quality. It was commanding relied-upon performance.

For a team to become great they must do the same, a lot. They need consistent, calm-under-pressure leadership. They need maturity and youthful flair married together. They need belief.

Daily unsung heroes are needed, who can step forward and deliver their craft, and then step back and let the next person do it, when it is their turn.

Graham Gooch started his England career with a “pair”. That’s as low as it gets for a batsman.

He later recovered to score runs. More and more. In the end a succesful player became a great one. Can England follow his example?

About drstevelewis

Good leadership is essential for any project to succeed. I specialise in the most difficult leadership challenges; those involving the way we relate to other people or the way they relate to us. With a background of many years in business and an earlier training in medicine I combine the two in a unique consultancy.
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2 Responses to What beats success?

  1. Great post! Funny, I just wrote on the American version of what makes people great. Baseball, not cricket though the two sports are related I guess?

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