Magazine article New Zealand Management

INTOUCH : Letter to the Editor - Transitioning Athletes to Business

Magazine article New Zealand Management

INTOUCH : Letter to the Editor - Transitioning Athletes to Business

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Congratulations on your article 'Home Team Advantage' in the September issue. Over the past 12 months the New Zealand Cricket Players Association has been designing a professional development programme for our cricketers and many of the messages in the article are principles of the programme.

One of the main parts of our programme is a business coaching network that has around 75 individual business people working with cricketers to help them recognise their existing skill-sets and how and why these attributes might be valuable in the workplace upon transition. One aim of this process is longer-term: to increase the confidence and awareness of players around their own transition and ensure they take on targeted and well-informed professional development at the right time of their career. The other main aim is shorter-term: for players to learn from business key skills that are necessary for high performance sport. This learning opportunity - a 'reverse' transferability - is particularly important for leadership development where business offers an incredibly rich resource for our players.

The key issue we found in our research for the programme, and one which might add to the discussion in the article, is that most players did not have a strong understanding of business and many had little experience of a corporate culture or workplaces in general. This certainly didn't mean that there was a limited skill base (in fact, often the opposite when one considers attributes developed through sport such as teamwork, self-discipline, self-reflection, a result and outcome focus). …

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