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Sharks environment not “harmonious” under White

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news, Original Content, Sharks on 30 Sep 2014 at 10:34
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The Mercury‘s intrepid newshound Mike Greenaway has lifted the lid on Jake White’s sudden departure from the Sharks, bringing into the open a number of topics that had previously only been whispered in secret.

In the article, which you can read here, Greenaway (or “Gringo” to his friends) reveals that that while White had managed to achieve some measure of success with the team on the field, growing discontentment among players and backroom staff are what ultimately led to his departure – in all effect a dismissal for failing to create or engender a harmonious environment.

Anyone who’s ever worked in a high-pressure environment with lots of different stakeholders will know that the real measure of success is often not just the bottom line (or in this case, the win percentage) but rather how well the individual fits into the organisation and manages to bring the best out of each of its constituent parts. While White may have done a reasonable job in terms of dragging the Sharks up the Super Rugby table, he appears to have done so at the expense of the sort of culture that CEO John Smit envisions for the Sharks. That’s a very nice way of saying that Jake’s heavy-handed and authoritarian style ended up alienating enough people over the course of his rather short tenure that Smit had no option but ask him to leave.

I like to think I’m reasonably well plugged into the zeitgeist of the Sharks ecosystem. Let me reinforce Gringo’s comments by adding that since this news broke yesterday, I’ve not had one person tell me that they’re sorry Jake is leaving.

Makes you think, doesn’t it?


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