Monday, October 24, 2011

Stand By Your Man

I'm not sure if I've blogged about this before but i will have another go at it. Graham Henry was the coach of our national rugby team who were expected to be world champions in 2007, he had had four years, no expense spared and access to the worlds best players. He famously said when challenged "judge me by my results". The team were out at the quarter finals stage and the hatred of a country were all over this man, they wanted blood. Henry also seemed to say that he didn't make any mistakes, and then he put his name in the hat for reappointment for another four years. The NZ rugby union amazingly re-appointed him.
I was the biggest supporter of the re-appointment of Graham Henry as All Black coach. This is where the gold comes from.
It's about failure and success. Sports teams, schools, staff members, teachers, children, parents, we all go through these tough times, we make mistakes. The key is to learn from your mistakes and not to make them again. Over the four years from 2007 to 2011 Henry used hindsight, and adjusted and learnt, he planned meticulously, and brought redemption in 2011.

So what can we learn from this little ditty.
Making mistakes happens to everyone we must learn from them and take action.
Standing by your man is important especially in tough times.
Believe in yourself.
Be prepared to take a good look at yourself.
Trust in others but don't surround yourself with "yes men".
Challenge your ideas, have others you respect challenge you.
Don't get ahead of yourself.
Experience is really valuable.
Have the guts to make a tough decision.

Thanks Ted.


Sarah T said...

Well said Luke! :0)

Stephanie said...

Also he's an ex-West Auckland principal and you know those guys are pretty awesome.