Mallett emphasises the vital role of teamwork

Nick Mallett
Nick Mallett

GREYVENSTEINS Attorneys brought out the big guns yesterday in the form of SuperSport rugby analyst and former Springbok player and coach Nick Mallett and Port Elizabeth anti-perlemoen poaching unit head Tom Swartz for the monthly property forum breakfast.

The pair were tasked to inspire and inform 260 estate agents about the importance of team work and courage through their own experiences on the job.

The monthly property forum breakfast was the firm’s way of giving back to the real estate sector, director Liesel Greyvenstein said, as it constantly contributed to Greyvensteins’ conveyancing department.

An upbeat Mallett had the crowd hanging on his every word as he told stories of his time as coach of the Springboks, Italy and in France with Stade Français and St Claude.

“As in the workplace, rugby is about the team. The quality of an individual player does not compare with the importance of the quality of the team.

“When I was coaching in Italy I had a brilliant but selfish scrumhalf who I dropped from the national team because the rest of the team didn’t want to play with him.

“Dropping him made him realise one needs humility as much as confidence. You need to build an emotional bank balance.

“You earn by being respectful towards others. Your return is when they are willing to help you because of their respect for you,” Mallett said.

His contagious laughter and quirky responses kept the room abuzz as the audience questioned him about the future of rugby in this country.

Swartz emphasised his message of teamwork, particularly in smaller groups such as his tactical task force which has only six members.

“Sometimes it is better having a smaller team.

“We are all very dedicated to what we do, and knowing the next person is as passionate as you makes all the difference.

“Because of that passion we have made 57 arrests, handed out R17 500 worth of fines and recovered R27-million worth of [perlemoen] in the 15 months since we started,” he said.

-Tremaine van Aardt

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