There is no greater feeling than winning, whether it’s on a sporting field or business.
Vince Lambardi said “Winning isn’t everything but the will to win is”.
Just like everything building a winning team is a continual process of self improvement and the ability to recognise one strengths and weaknesses, focus on the individuals strengths continue working on their weaknesses and know what motivates that individual.
Demand excellence, hard work, dedication, respect to oneself and your teammates and always have a clear direction of where you want to go.
I started coaching under 13’s football (soccer) in January this year. When I started my goal was to improve the teams skills, get the players playing as a team, respect themselves and their teammates, work hard, and always give 100%.
In the first 6 weeks we won 1 game, had 1 draw and lost 4 by an average of 4 goals. The next 7 weeks we lost 2 games and Won 5. The games we lost were only by 1 goal by a team that had 12 players when we had 10 and the top of the able team who only lost 1 game all season.
The previous season the same team bar 4 players were losing games by an average of 5 goals a game.
I know what you are thinking, how does this relate to my business? it’s an under 13 soccer team!
That is a great question.
The principles of creating a winning team are same.
1. Know your players (your team) strengths, weaknesses, what motivates them, praise them when they do something right, coach them when they stuff up, create a culture of excellence and communicate effectively.
2. Make sure your players (team) are in the right positions. You can’t play a defender up forward and expect to win the game.
3. Lead by example, don’t just preach. Care about your players (your team) if they see you care then they will give everything. (“People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care”)
4. The Coach, Sales Manager, Sales Director, CEO are responsible for the results their teams are producing. If your team is under performing take responsibility.
5. Develop a winning philosophy by consistently improving on your leadership style and by consistently improving your team.
6. Be great at analysing players (your team) get them to fill roles as part of the team, paying attention to fundamentals and details, and working well with others.
Even though my players are only 13 years old, I demand they train hard, respect themselves, their team mates, believe in themselves and each other, always encourage each other and whether training or playing give their absolute best and in doing so they will win regardless of the score board.
Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.
– Andrew Carnegie