Life is a Team Sport: Let’s Win it Together

Ken Larson

We all want to win.

But we all have different definitions of “winning.”

However, regardless of your definition, you’ll need more than a good team to win as frequently as possible. You’ll need a great team.


What’s In a Great Team?

 

A Shared Goal

The best teams are comprised of people who understand why the team exists in the first place: to conquer a specific task.

For example, a baseball team wants to win the series against their division rivals.
A business team wants to sell twice the amount of products they sold in the first quarter.

A Similar Timeline

Great teams understand their shared timeline. This creates accountability for certain team members and their specifically assigned projects.

For example, the baseball team wants to be the division leaders in one month. A business team wants to meet their quarterly goals to charge ahead of the competing local company.

Friendly Competition

Competition can be healthy in the workplace and in everyday life. It can create the driving force your team needs to reach the goals you’ve established.

Sure, too much competition can create burnout and antagonistic behavior, but you’ll eventually be able to learn when competition becomes more of a hassle than a helper as your team progresses.


So, what’s
your definition of “winning”?

Employee morale improvement? Business success?
Okay, Let’s make it happen!

Start with a Team Development Strategy, and understand when it’s time to take control. 

Many people view life as “What you see is what you get.”
You keep the friends you made in college.
You say “yes” to everything.

The reality is, you’re in control of your life, and sometimes you can say “no.” Click To Tweet

However, it takes some time to get there, and it takes a special group of people to help you either make the decision or respect the decision.

A great team has a goal and a schedule with room for adjustments. It’s comprised of people who can trust each other when the plan becomes unrealistic or when a leader decides to move in a different trajectory.

Figuring out the quality of your team is an important step in the development process.

 

Unsuccessful Teams Have:

  • A lack of passion
  • Performance drains
  • No strategy


Successful Teams Have:

The Coach:

A great coach will offer powerful direction and appropriate guidance on day-to-day life, business goals, and stress handling.

The Captain:

Great captains understand your pain and push you to trudge through it. They can commiserate to a certain extent, and they’re always ready to put the coach’s plan to action.

Teammates:

Teammates are your closest friends. The people you resonate with. The ones you trust the most. The ones dealing with the same situation. The ones you can laugh with.

A Common Goal:

The goal is to win the game. The goal is to win it right. No cheating. No scheming.

Whether your goal is to find happiness or achieve business success, that should always be on the forefront of your teammates’ brains.

Your Team Should Care About Your Personal Growth

Every great team is aware of each other’s personal tragedies and magical moments. These moments fundamentally affect their life and the team goal along with it.

A death in the family is crushing.
The birth of a newborn shatters existing priorities.

While these events happen to individuals, a great team will help this individual process it.

Coping and Hoping:

Figuring out how to cope and learning how to hope with your teammates is a process that will help establish the strong bond between every member of the team.


How to Deal with Striking Out:

Failure is okay. In fact, it’s fantastic if you’re willing to learn from it.
It’s a critical obstacle that you’ll need to overcome countless times on the way to success.

However, this can be difficult without a team who constantly pushes you toward continuous ethical and healthy decision making.

Successful people will tell you that they’ve failed numerous times before succeeding. If they don’t, they’re lying.

Because here’s the thing:
If people aren’t failing, they aren’t trying.

Some games you’ll strike out four times in a row.
Some games you’ll hit two home runs.

If you’re truly a team player, your great teammates will respect you regardless. They’ve been through the same ups and downs.

Many of your business ideas and personal endeavors will fail, and it’s up to you and your team to learn how to embrace these obstacles with vigor and optimism each time.


Who is on your team today?

Are you surrounding yourself with the best people possible?
If you need some help, let me join your team.