Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Tip #589: Four Teamwork Lessons to Score from March Madness

Of the 68 teams who made this year's NCAA tournament, which ones will be matched at the championship game on April 4th at NRG Stadium in Houston?  Your guess is as good as mine.  What we know for certain is that whether in sports or business, there is no greater indicator of success than to have your team, or company, ranked at the top.

Here are four core indicators of teamwork success in the spirit of March Madness.

Trust     Each individual player brings unique skills and characteristics to the table, or game, and overall team strength is therefore a sum of all of the members' individual talents.  The key differentiator at play is trust because without it, the team will only be as strong as its weakest member.

After my six-year-old son's last basketball game, I asked why he didn't pass the ball after a rebound to which he replied, "I wanted to score the shot, but I should have passed it like we talked about."  My son did not trust his teammate to make the shot and instead was a ball-hog who ultimately missed the bucket.  No team can afford a ball-hog-on the court or in the workplace.  Trust is paramount to successful teamwork.

Empathy     In the final minutes of some of history's greatest upsets, you've probably seen coaches spewing commands at their players. 
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