Recently I watched a bit of the Women’s Big Bash League cricket match between Sydney Thunder and Brisbane Heat. The Thunder won the match with an unbroken partnership of 97 runs between Phoebe Litchfield and Alex Blackwell. The match result was in the balance right up until the end.
The match saw a significant milestone with young Litchfield (she hits the ball with such pure timing!) scoring an unbeaten 50, becoming the youngest player in Big Bash Cricket history to do so (at 16 years and 185 days). Batting with her was the 36-year-old veteran Alex Blackwell.
One player is just starting out on an exciting cricket career, and the other is closer to coming to end (not for a while!) after a stellar career. They both combined so well—Litchfield with her pure timing of the ball and raw enthusiasm, and Blackwell with her batting skills and all her experience at being able to read a game.
My point is, the young and not-so-young can work together in any work or sporting environment. We can learn off one another. In cricket you have to have certain skills and thinking to perform at your optimum.
The same goes in a business environment. I recently helped someone with an MBA project, and the skills and business models I learnt from doing my MBA still stand me in good stead. The core models are still the same.
I love working with all folk of all ages. Each and every day I learn something new!