Lessons For Event Managers : By Sachin Tendulkar
India is the land of a ‘billion’ sparks, aptly quoted by Chetan Bhagat. Beneath these sparkling minds is a brilliance that cannot be kept hidden under the shades of space or time.
Sachin Tendulkar is an Indian icon who has defied all the rules to become the world’s greatest batsmen in sporting history! His amazing feats in the field of cricket clubbed with profound humility of character makes him a national pride for India.
In the event of the Master Blaster’s retirement from the cricketing world, the hearts of many have broken. Yet this larger than life sportsman gives us many things to remember.
As event managers, we can learn much from Sachin Tendulkar. Some of Sachin Tendulkar’s outstanding qualities which make him a model for us are –
1) Commitment :
Sachin Tendulkar teaches us much about commitment. Every game has its own methodology and difficulties and our master blaster has proven his mettle in paving way through different pitches and bowling styles.
To the Event Manger : Event Managers must realize that every event is a challenge. Short-cuts to success is a no-go and at all times, one must stay true to the long-term goal.
2) Professionalism :
Sachin Tendulkar is a staunch believer in playing the game neat and clean. Has his name ever been involved in a scandal? – Never! Sachin’s reputation is built on honesty and unquestionable professionalism. With the level of media attention Sachin Tendulkar has received over the past 20 plus years, he has remained real and modest, concentrating on his game without the divulgence of fame.
To the Event Manager : An event manager’s professionalism is reflected in the timeliness of delivery of output, freshness and genuineness of ideas, transparent communication and honesty.
3) Perfectionism :
The beauty of life is to excel greatly. Sachin Tendulkar has sharpened his world-class batting and bowling skills to near-perfectionism with endless hours of coaching and practise. His drive to deliver the perfect blow is an internal motivator.
To the Event Manager : Every event manager should constantly strive to ‘perfect’ his designs, thoughts and actions. The hunger for perfection will help him in creating bigger and better events.
4) Mutual Respect :
Untouched by jealousy or the hand of fame, Sachin Tendulkar has shown great respect to his superiors and juniors. The Little Master treats all equally and has rarely taken sides within his team.
To the Event Manager : Event managers work with many categories of people. Understanding the creative space required for each one in the organization is essential for development.
5) Humility :
Sachin Tendulkar’s humility has always pushed him to greatness. Sachin thanks God on the field after every batting achievement, a practise that has helped him rise in his career.
To the Event Manager : Humility to an event manager would mean accepting and learning from mistakes, not taking criticism personally and always spreading a culture of virtue among his co-workers.
6) Team Work :
Sachin Tendulkar was a great motivator for his team. He always gave due credit to his team members in running the show and divided the rewards of teamwork among everybody.
To the Event Manager : Perhaps this is the most important quality of the lot! Without a team, an event manager is nothing. Motivating and nurturing a team is essential in order to be a good event manager.
7) Integrity :
Like Sachin Tendulkar, a man of great virtue, all event managers should develop core values which will drive them towards success. A superior thought process is most essential in both sport and event management. Integrity is therefore essential to bring out the best in any individual and one can learn this from the Master Blaster, Sachin Tendulkar.
In many ways, Sachin Tendulkar has inspired us to lead a better life. His professionalism is a model which we all try to inculcate into our lives.
Summing up the batsman’s dream exit in the words of Mathew Hayden : “I have seen God. He bats at No. 4 for India.”