Episode 9: EN | High performance teams (Shane McLeod) has been saved
Hockey is one of the fastest and demanding sports in the world. It requires individual skill, team work, and strategy in order to win. In this episode of Tarmac Talks, we welcome Shane McLeod, who has been the coach of the European, Pro League, World and Olympic title-winning Belgian men’s team to share his insights and experience on building high-performance teams.
Hosted by Inge Diels, Managing Partner, Talent and Piet Vandendriessche, CEO of Deloitte Belgium, Shane discusses his philosophy on empowering a team, and the comparisons and contrasts between winning in the worlds of sport and business. What should be front of mind in a business when people are starting and departing? How do you go from a collection of players from different clubs, to a powerhouse team like the Belgian Red Lions?
Shane shares 3 steps for success, one of which is the culture of a team: "We created an environment where there was a huge degree of trust in the group, and that became one of the biggest building blocks for what we wanted to do later." Sustaining and supporting a team and an organization also requires focus on the individuals within. Inge explains that with a firm foundation of trust, "today even more important than in the past, we are creating purpose for the team and making sure that people find meaning in their individual tasks and role in the team".
Of course, a sporting team needs to peak at critical moments like championships, while in a business a team needs to perform continuously. Yet Inge and Shane both believe that coming together to celebrate success and learning from failure in safety enhances a team’s achievements in every context. They describe how being motivated, committed, and united in the pursuit of success are all supported by opportunities for fun. Inge also agrees with Shane that the best approach when things don’t work out is to "take it as an opportunity to learn and do better the next time. It’s very similar to sports".
This episode explores how any organisation that performs at a high level creates positive results across multiple arenas. As Piet explains: "the definition of success in business is often expressed in a narrow way in terms of profit, which is a bit old-fashioned. Today, we look more at the broader impact… on our talent, clients, suppliers, and broader society as a whole".
Tune in to gain valuable insights into how the principles of high-performance in sport can be applied to business, and discover how to foster a winning culture that allows teams to reach their full potential.
We created an environment where there was a huge degree of trust in the group, and that became one of the biggest building blocks for what we wanted to do later.
Shane McLeod, hockey coach
Shane McLeod is a New Zealand-born hockey coach, who has led successful campaigns as Head Coach of the Black Sticks, Red Panthers and most recently, Red Lions national hockey teams.
His achievements include coaching the Belgian team to gold at the 2018 Men’s Hockey World Cup, the 2019 European Championship and the 2020 Olympic Games. His dedication to Belgian hockey was recognised with back-to-back awards for FIH Coach of the Year in 2017 and 2018.
Today even more important than in the past, we are creating purpose for the team and making sure that people find meaning in their individual tasks and role in the team.
Inge Diels, Managing Partner, Talent
The definition of success in business is often expressed in a narrow way in terms of profit, which is a bit old-fashioned. Today, we look more at the broader impact… on our talent, clients, suppliers, and broader society as a whole.
Piet Vandendriessche, CEO of Deloitte Belgium
Piet Vandendriessche is the Chief Executive Officer of Deloitte Belgium. He first took up the position on 1 June 2016. As CEO, Piet leads and manages the Executive Committee and sets the strategic direction of the firm. He is also a member of the Deloitte North South European Executive. Piet believes strongly in the impact Deloitte can create for its clients and talent, and for society as a whole. Our strategic professionals stay abreast of the changes shaping our world and bring innovative and sustainable solutions to our clients. Similarly, through the Deloitte Foundation the firm supports a wide range of social projects in Belgium and abroad. These focus on education, innovation and entrepreneurship – areas that make the best use of our skills. In a long career at Deloitte with many opportunities to grow, Piet attaches great importance to maintaining a transparent, dynamic environment that provides people with plenty of room for personal and professional advancement.