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When bad boy antics go too far - the impact of Nick Kyrgios’ behaviour

Posted by Stella Chandler 29/06/18

What a shame that on the eve of Wimbledon Nick Kyrgios has bought inappropriate behaviour in sport back into the media headlines.

It’s not the first time of course. He’s been here before with his bad boy antics but nothing seems to have changed. 

When someone’s behaviour crosses the line, there is the impact it has on others around them which is what we wrote about with Kyrgios before, but there is also the impact it has on their own performance.

His view is that this is just the way he is and shouldn’t really matter, but we wonder what might be going on underneath the “entertainer” persona.

He, more than other player, is inconsistent in his results and many question if he will fulfil his potential.

What if he were able to channel the energy he expends on being a bad boy into building a positive image and nurturing his skills...would that make a difference to his performance and results? Battling bad press must be draining, no matter what he says.

The danger must be that he could look back in a few years time and have missed an opportunity to do great things.

Many of us will have seen this “Kyrgios phenomenon” in the workplace; people with the potential to be great, but whose behaviour and joking detract from their performance.  

A line manager’s role in this situation is to coach the individual to recognise the impact of their behaviour and support them in cultivating a more positive approach.

Humour, jokes, banter are all positive until they cross the line into inappropriate territory and once they become the norm for someone, the damage can be far-reaching. Far better that as line managers we help people find the right balance and ensure everyone has the chance to achieve their full potential. Let’s hope someone can steer Kyrgios in the right direction.

You may be interested in our other blogs drawing business lessons from the world of sport

Lessons from the Aussie cricket team 

Celebrity spats and why we need to take note  

For examples of how we have worked with other organisations to manage behaviour at work see our case-studies 

And for a confidential chat on how we can help you manage inappropriate behaviour in the workplace , call us on 01903 732 782 or email us or contact us here.


Stella Chandler
Stella Chandler

I thrive on seeing people do things they didn’t think they could do! I draw on my management and leadership experience from working in senior positions in the Metropolitan Police Service, running Focal Point since 2002 and working across all three sectors in the widest variety of environments. I am a fellow of the CIPD and when I am not working with clients I can be seen on the golf courses of Hampshire.

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