Managing Aggression in a Team – A Short Tale

Managing Aggression in a Team – A Short Tale

November 26th, 2013 // 6:54 am @ Tanmay Vora // 28 Comments

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The cricket coach had some wise words for his team. This team was reeling under pressure to perform and was marred by penalties imposed on key players due to their overly aggressive behavior on the field. Coach knew that some course correction was required.

“Aggression” he said, “is a double edged sword. If used correctly, aggression can lead to improved performance. It elevates the intensity of your game”.

The coach continued, “I like to call this ‘good aggression’ because it is instrumental in generating new energy within the team. As a team, we must be aggressive but only assertively. The purpose of our aggression is to help ‘ourselves’ not to harm others.”

The team was slowly realizing their folly.

“What I call as ‘bad aggression’ makes us hostile, unfriendly and negative because we try to draw our energy from negating and obstructing others. It may improve our performance in a short term but is not healthy in a longer run. The energy within us manifests itself in many ways and aggression is just one of the ways our energy comes out. We only need to positively direct this energy.” the coach said.

He then asked the team to think about how some of the greatest players in the history of cricket handled their own aggression. After a few quiet moments, the team members realized that best players always kept their aggression in their bellies, not in their heads. They were able to channelize this aggressive energy into a constructive one.

When the team returned to nets for practice sessions, they knew they had a choice to exercise. They chose to be constructively aggressive. No snide remarks on the field, no dissent, no fierce expressions and no more clenching of fists; just a consistent focus on performance of the self and the team.

The coach silently observed them from a distance and smiled because he knew the players had learned something that will not only improve their conduct in sport but also in their lives!

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P.S.: I participated in a corporate cricket tournament recently and this post is partly inspired by my lessons from the tournament and conversations around each game.


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28 Comments → “Managing Aggression in a Team – A Short Tale”


  1. Kaushal Mankad

    4 months ago

    How true !!!! I would call it a dirty play.This is illegal in all sports except boxing.On the other hand assertive play is having no intent to harm, a legitimate force within the rules with unusual effort and energy.But than you need a coach like Kabir Khan of Chakde India. In the plot, after a disastrous loss to the Pakistan hockey team, Khan is ostracised from the sport and what he did than after is a well known inspiring story. Whats say !!!!


  2. Maulik

    4 months ago

    Simply inspirable sir, this kind of lessons helps.


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    2 months ago

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