Create a Winning Team 5 fundamentals

  1. The Goal
  2. Roles and Responsibilities
  3. Leadership - Inspire
  4. Feedback and Communication
  5. Empowering and Investing in your team
The Goal

The Goal

Having an end goal (Long Term Goal), e.g. finish line, will keep you driven through the tough times and focused on the key decisions to be made. Importantly, a goal which the whole team agrees on (Collaboration).

Alongside the Long Term Goal, will of course be the process goals, short and medium term to enable progression enroute to achieving the end goal.

Using programmes such as GoalScape is a perfect way to visualise your goals, track performance, manage responsibility and keep everyone focused on the priorities. Used by Olympic medalists such as Team GB Sailing, Hockey, Triathlon and businesses such as Microsoft, Volkswagen, Eon and Airbus.

Roles & Responsibilities

Roles & Responsibilities

Selecting a dedicated team through the individual's key skill sets is vital to optimise performance. Of equal importance, every person within the team must be assigned a specific role and know what it entails.

Take responsibility for the role. Own it. Take accountability for areas of weakness by embracing improvements and changes to increase the overall success of the team.

Leadership - Inspire

Leadership - Inspire

A true leader is someone that will inspire, motivate and encourage. Continually eager to develop their own skills through a passion of curiosity and a drive to be better than they were the day before. These great leaders will also provide equal opportunity for their team to constantly develop and enhance their skills. Harnessing other key features such as:

  • A great communicator & able to take criticism
  • Taking care of your team - earn their trust and respect
  • Delegating - allow their team to take the credit
  • Being authentic - be yourself and not something you're not.

A true leader doesn't always have the right answer. It is about using the knowledge and experience of the team, arriving at the right answer and then acting on it. Leadership requires courage and respect and any true leader leads by example.

Feedback / Communication

Feedback / Communication

Reward and Acknowledgement

Feedback is a vital part of any successful team as it is a system of communication. Don't wait until there is a problem to provide feedback, be proactive. Use it to reinforce the goals, highlight areas we could improve on and address potential problems before they occur.

We all need feedback, constructive criticism and praise for our achievements. These lead to a clear development plan which is one of the fundamental steps to increase performance. Identifying a positive process or enhancing a current process is a critical step towards gaining respect and empathy from your team.

Briefings, debriefings and continued feedback is at the very core of every elite sports team and athlete. It is the only true way of understanding what must be done to reach the goal, focus on the areas of priority, provide self evaluation and utilise the valuable support network around you.

Empower and Invest

Empowering and investing in your team.

"Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe" - Abraham Lincoln.

Each and every member of your team is vital to your company's performance. You have invested in that member of staff by providing them a job, now continue that investment in their development through empowerment of tasks, leadership challenges, workshops and coaching.

By getting your team to do as Abraham Lincoln quotes "Sharpen their axes" identifies that clever thinking and planning would make a task more successful. Providing investment in skills such as leadership, team development and resilience will have a profound effect on your team's overall performance.

“The principle is competing against yourself. It’s about self-improvement, about being better than you were the day before”- Steve Young.

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