The competitive advantage of high performing teams | Vijay Viswanathan | EP06
Featuring Vijay Viswanathan, Mawer’s Director of Research, on the key characteristics of high performing investment teams.
- Why we view Mawer's culture as a competitive advantage
- Some performance building frameworks
- What it means to be a “steward of the jersey”
A transcript of this episode is available below, modified for a more enjoyable reading experience. For more posts exploring the ideas we talk about in the episode, check out our Related Reads links.
- Guest Speakers
1:04 – Having a great culture is a firm differentiator
Mawer’s culture evolution:
- Charles Mawer: Do the right thing for clients and success will follow
- 2004: Jim Ware and Focus Consulting (High Performing Investment Teams)
3:18 – Seeing performance culture as a horizontal line: Above the line and below the line behaviours
4:17 – The Secret: Trust
Trust is the vital starting point and leads to above the line behaviours: candour, curiosity, openness of thought
5:30 – Putting frameworks and tools of high performing teams into practise
7:27 – The Secret: Vulnerability and how this leads to value added investment decisions
8:30 – Vijay shares his personal experience
- Worst investment as a 12 year-old
- Being the “token brown kid”
11:37 – The leader decides with input model
13:19 – Frameworks for cultivating culture:
- Playing to strengths
- Definition of genius area
- Setting clear expectations
- Creating feedback loops
15:57 – Example of a high performing team: New Zealand All Blacks Steward of the jersey model
18:24 – Measuring the inputs as opposed to the outputs (performance)
19:33 – Incentives:
- Monetary compensation only takes you so far; it’s the content of people’s character that is the true incentive
- It is the role of leadership to put people in the position where they can do meaningful work
24:22 – Getting a job at Mawer and the interview process
27:15 – Where high performing teams go wrong
29:58 – Rapid Fire Round:
- Best sports travel experience
- Favourite way to relax
- What are you reading now?
- Thatha stories
- Biggest surprise upon becoming a father
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