How to build a team of high performers

December 06, 2021

Napoleon Bonaparte was not only a skilled army general. He was also the greatest military strategist of his time. He fought and won many battles. The only battle that he lost was when he forgot to feed his army before combat. In Russia. He lost the battle miserably.

I know what you’re thinking. “Come on, monsieur. Why should Napoleon’s loss concern me? Afterall, I’m not an army general. I’ve never set foot in  barracks. I’m a business manager. Team leader. Business captain. Certified maharajah. What has this to do with me, sir?” Good questions. I’m glad that you asked these questions. I’ll explain.

It happened in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 24 June 1995. The venue was Ellis Park. Finals of the rugby world cup between South Africa – fondly known as Springboks by its fanatic fans – and New Zealand’s All Blacks. Springboks were crowned champions after defeating All Blacks by 3 points with the scoreboard reading 15 – 12. On the contrary, before the match, bookmarkers had tipped All Blacks as favorites. Springboks went into the games as underdogs. “So, what exactly happened for the Springboks to come out victorious?” You ask. Read on.