A winning blend?

I have resisted the temptation to write about the Great British Bake Off saga that has rumbled on throughout the week. But tonight I have risen to the challenge (groan!). We now seem to have a clearer view of what is going to happen. Channel 4 has secured the format and just one of the four presenters in Paul Hollywood. The BBC retains the other three presenters.

Only time will tell whether the changes work and the Bake Off still manages to pull in the sizeable audience that it has gathered from the past few years. Sometimes things come together and they just work. You have the right team, the right focus, and the right ingredients that come together and bring success. Without any one of the elements the results may be good but not at the same level.

I have seen it with horse and rider combinations. Those who follow some dressage and horse related news will remember Moorlands Totilas. He was the wonder horse before Valegro. Edward Gal rode the horse in his early competitions and broke the records with his scores. It seemed no-one could get near this winning combination. In 2010 he was sold and the new rider was Matthias Rath and they never achieved the same results. Recently Totilas’ retirement was announced after being plagued by injury.

There are some combinations and moments in time that are just perfect. The teams that work really well and can just get an extra 20 or 30 per cent because they gel. You often cannot identify why it works so well but the blend of people, experience, ideas and creativity just bring success.

In work we are often searching for the combination that will bring that level of amazing success for a team. We can get close to that but potentially only a few times in our careers will we feel we have achieved that nirvana if we are lucky.

It will be interesting to see whether the elements that make up the current series of the Great British Bake Off are that nirvana of success that once it is changed, adapted or dismantled never quite works as well. I will watch with a little interest.

 

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