[I had an extremely long week. I spent the week helping my father in-law clean up his father’s house in Mariposa, CA (A small town about 40 miles away from Yosemite Park). We had short nights and long hardworking days. I wrote this post in 2010 but I’m sure you no one has ever read it. I know your going to enjoy it!]
During my High School years I was involved in Cross Country and Track & Field. Most of the four year time I was on the varsity team. Our Cross Country won districts one year and went to the State competition Twice. We were one of the top teams in the competitive district. The seven varsity team members had to work as a team during the races and while in practice. It took teamwork to be a winning team. Here are 4 qualities of a successful team:
1. Purpose and Vision- A team needs to have vision of where it is going and what they want to do. Our team wanted to win races and make it to state. Your team needs to have a vision and strive to accomplish it. The purpose and vision of the team should be talked about on a regular basis so that everyone is on the same page and knows where they are going.
2. Relationships- A good team is where team members can have friendships and enjoy working together. Our team spent time off the track building friendships and having fun with each other(and occupationally teepee’d other team members house). This built trust and friendships. Take the time to connect with your team outside of the normal routines and outside of work.
3. Strengths- Our team knew the other team members strengths and weaknesses. We raced with the techniques that best suited our strengths. Every team should now the strengths and weaknesses of the other members.
4. Ongoing Learning and Training- Our team was always growing and training. Even during the summer time we would still practice as a team. While everyone else was having fun we were training. Looking back now I can see it played a huge role in our success. Team members should always be growing and learning. This can be done by attending a conference together or holding regular training events.
We had a successful team because we had a purpose, built friendships, knew our strengths and weaknesses and had ongoing training. I would encourage you to do the same thing so that your team is strong and successful.
Question: What are some other qualities of a successful and winning team?