GP Turin 2018

GP Turin 2018

Having been scorekeeper at many shows this year, GP Turin was an opportunity to dust off the registration lead skill set and spend a weekend getting players enrolled for their events. This show entailed working on the set-up crew building the event space, which was immensely hard work in the Italian heat, but a great opportunity to learn more about how GPs are put together and identify areas we can improve on for future shows.

A sealed GP you say?

Registration lead is a much more physically demanding role than scorekeeper and I have to admit I have been letting the fitness aspect of my life take a back seat recently and it really showed this weekend. Between the heat and the exercise I was much more tired than usual each day. This impacted my performance in a couple of ways. Firstly, energy and activity are key to inspiring the team, which is one of my favourite things about this role. Secondly, I found that it made my decision making a little less precise at times which also doesn’t help with team confidence.

Having said all of that, I actually really enjoyed the show. I was given more responsibility to make my own decisions and I felt trusted to get on and do the job the way I wanted to.

The trip was marred somewhat by my room mate’s luggage going missing during their flight. This was their first overseas show on staff and their first GP as a scorekeeper. Losing your gear is a big blow to confidence and really impacts the work you end up doing even if you can replace laptops, keyboards and other accoutrements. The stress levels are not helped in the heat and Turin was really very hot.

3 Replies to “GP Turin 2018”

  1. Thanks for another report buddy. I feel very disconnected from the whole GP side of judging so reading your reports is a really nice way to learn about what one might expect from these events. I also find your leadership reflections quite inspiring, so thanks again for sharing them! <3

    Anyway, you know what I'm like so I'll crack straight on with a question:
    You've made some interesting and poignant statements about leadership and autonomy. What do they tell you about your own style and the kind of leader you try to be? 🙂
    "I was given more responsibility to make my own decisions and I felt trusted to get on and do the job the way I wanted to."
    "Firstly, energy and activity are key to inspiring the team, which is one of my favourite things about this role."

    1. My leadership style actually dates back to when I was at school. I am not a social person and I always struggled with interacting with people. However, I was always told I was a natural leader. This seeming paradox always sat awkwardly with me until I was in the school cadet force and learned that leading can be about more than social interaction and being liked. It turns out that I excel at being seen and recognised (a trait I still struggle with as I am often not in the market for standing out) and I am able to command attention. Couple this with my public speaking skills and well practised ability to sound and appear confident in everything I say and do regardless of reality makes me an easy person to follow.

      The difficulty I faced growing up and even into my professional career as a people manager is how do you live up to the responsibility of being followed? My answer often boils down to a mantra that my old Duke of Edinburgh instructor (a former RAF officer) used to repeat: “look after your troops and they will look after you”. I am passionate about people I am responsible for. I care deeply about them being successful. Sometimes that ends up biting me in the ass, as I can often find myself dying on a hill defending them, but I strongly believe that that has value.

  2. And this, right here, is a list of a fair chunk of the things I value in a leader. You don’t have to do the things yourself, but being there to shield your team – and to focus them – so that they can remain “in flow” is where it’s at; understanding and valuing your team as individuals is a huge part of that.

    Thanks for the reply, and for having the courage to be the kind of leader I admire even when it’s hard 🙂

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