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Rugby fans across the globe have been eagerly awaiting the start of the British Lions tour which kicks off on 1 June with a match against the Barbarians in Hong Kong. There is no doubting the outstanding talent which adorns the Lions dressing room and following a strong climax to the six nation’s championship the Welsh contingent, in particular, will be on a high.
As with any Lions tour, the challenge facing the coaching staff is that of uniting players at the top of their game into a coherent unit. And whilst all of the players are used to representing both club and country, there has been precious little time for Warren Gatland and his backroom staff to meld them into a solid whole. Add in the pressure cooker of each and every player vying for a place in the starting line up and the scales are balanced between an explosion of outstanding rugby and an implosion of wasted talent.
Of course Warren Gatland is not alone in having to face such a task, his challenge is that he faces it whilst striding the world stage. The task of engaging hearts and minds, of melding employees into a team working in harmony for the benefit of the organisation is one which faces every leadership team on a daily basis. Success brings profitability, organisational reputation and customer satisfaction; the alternative is chaos, wastage and unhappiness all round.