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Abstract

This is part of a case series. This case follows the National Field Hockey team's journey from the preparation for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro up to the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo. The case describes the process of rebuilding cohesion among the players, addressing issues of team development and leadership development. The culture and mindset change within the team is seen from the perspective of Jim Carousa, an independent advisor on strategy and organisational change. The team's coach had asked Jim to support him in building an outperforming team. Jim's task was to establish trust among the team by developing a clear direction and effective interaction among the players and coaching staff. How did he handle this challenging task? Moreover, how did he manage to re-align a dysfunctional team and establish strong and effective leadership for it? What was his approach, and what are the key lessons from this process? The case consists of four parts. Case D describes the aftermath of the team development process and the consequences for the team when, due to the postponement of the Olympic Games in Tokyo, they needed to continue for another year. By addressing these challenges candidly, this case provides valuable insights to anyone who is involved in or concerned about change management in a complex environment.

Teaching and learning

This item is suitable for undergraduate, postgraduate and executive education courses.

Time period

The events covered by this case took place in 2016-2021.

Geographical setting

Region:
World/global
Countries:
The Netherlands; Brazil; Japan

Featured company

National Field Hockey Team
Employees:
11-50
Industry:
Sports

Featured protagonist

  • Jim Carousa (male), Management Consultant for Business and Sports

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Abstract

This is part of a case series. This case follows the National Field Hockey team's journey from the preparation for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro up to the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo. The case describes the process of rebuilding cohesion among the players, addressing issues of team development and leadership development. The culture and mindset change within the team is seen from the perspective of Jim Carousa, an independent advisor on strategy and organisational change. The team's coach had asked Jim to support him in building an outperforming team. Jim's task was to establish trust among the team by developing a clear direction and effective interaction among the players and coaching staff. How did he handle this challenging task? Moreover, how did he manage to re-align a dysfunctional team and establish strong and effective leadership for it? What was his approach, and what are the key lessons from this process? The case consists of four parts. Case D describes the aftermath of the team development process and the consequences for the team when, due to the postponement of the Olympic Games in Tokyo, they needed to continue for another year. By addressing these challenges candidly, this case provides valuable insights to anyone who is involved in or concerned about change management in a complex environment.

Teaching and learning

This item is suitable for undergraduate, postgraduate and executive education courses.

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Time period

The events covered by this case took place in 2016-2021.

Geographical setting

Region:
World/global
Countries:
The Netherlands; Brazil; Japan

Featured company

National Field Hockey Team
Employees:
11-50
Industry:
Sports

Featured protagonist

  • Jim Carousa (male), Management Consultant for Business and Sports

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