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Secrets of Kick Ass Teams

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Secret Traits Of Championship Teams

They’ve all had these 4 characteristics in common
1. Great leadership
2. No egos
3. No old guy vs. new guy mentality
4. Honest and Open Feedback

Great Leadership.
Great leaders are humble at their core and are willing to do any job, no matter how small, to achieve the objective.

They’re passionate about what they do and this permeates the organization.

Their integrity is beyond reproach; they put the unit ahead of themselves, they’re kind, empathetic, but can be stern when warranted. They demand excellence and they set the standard for work ethic and live the team’s morals and values.

Very few teams win with poor leadership. Gifted talent alone rarely suffices.

Want to lead a winning team? Look in the mirror, it begins and ends with you.

No Egos.

Egos are championship killers.

Championship teams’ players leave their egos at the door. Their members spread the accolades and shoulder the blame when things go wrong.

Want to be a great teammate? Do your best, keep your head down, encourage your teammates and check your ego at the door.

If you must complain, do so to your spouse, friends or family, but don’t burden your cohorts with your hurt feelings or bruised ego.

My old coach was right. Nobody wants to hear how rough the water is, they just want to us to get in the boat and start rowing.

No Old Guy vs. New Guy Mentality.

Hazing rituals are bad. Period. They shame, humiliate and dehumanize. Who wants to be part of an organization that the price of admission is shame?

But, there’s a difference. Humbling good. Shaming bad.

If a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, then it makes sense to strengthen all the links.

The best teams take the new guys, put their arms around them and bring them up to standard through guidance, drill, and instruction.

Duke Men’s Basketball Coach Krzyzewski discusses this very thing in his book, Leading With The Heart. Each year he has to welcome a new group of freshmen to the team. On day one he tells them the standards and pairs them with a senior.

They set the example.

Furthermore, Coach K welcomes new guys into something much bigger than a basketball team; he welcomes new guys into a family.

Powerful stuff.

Honest and Open Feedback.

Finally, honest and open feedback is the norm in highly functional squads.

Units where members can’t speak up, where poor performance is allowed and accepted and where individuals hide in the shadows are dysfunctional, and regardless of the talent, will rarely if ever be “championship” teams.

First-place unit members pursue timely, consistent, honest and open feedback among each other. It’s healthy and everyone knows it will ultimately make the team better.

Conclusion.
From little league teams and beyond, awesome units share these four common characteristics,
1. Great leadership
2. Lack of ego
3. No old guy vs. new guy mentality
4. Honest and Open Feedback

Published in: Leadership & Management

Secrets of Kick Ass Teams

  1. 1. SECRETS OF KICK ASS TEAMS
  2. 2. KICK ASS TEAMS HAVE 4 COMMON CHARACTERISTICS
  3. 3. 1. GREAT LEADERSHIP
  4. 4. GREAT LEADERS ARE HUMBLE
  5. 5. GREAT LEADERS WILL DO ANY JOB AND SET THE STANDARD
  6. 6. THEIR INTEGRITY IS BEYOND REPROACH
  7. 7. THEIR PASSION PERMEATES THE ENTIRE ORGANIZATION
  8. 8. THEY NEVER TAKE CREDIT
  9. 9. EXCEPT WHEN THINGS GO WRONG
  10. 10. 2. NO EGOS
  11. 11. EGOS KILL CHAMPIONSHIPS
  12. 12. EGOS ARE DIVISIVE AND RUIN TEAM CHEMISTRY
  13. 13. WANT TO BE PART OF A GREAT TEAM? CHECK YOUR EGO AT THE DOOR
  14. 14. SPREAD ACCOLADES SHOULDER BLAME
  15. 15. QUICK NAME A CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM WITH A "ME" PLAYER
  16. 16. IT'S HARD TO DO BUT WE REMEMBER.....
  17. 17. THE TITANS
  18. 18. THE 1980 PIRATES "WE ARE FAMILY"
  19. 19. THE MIRACLE ON ICE
  20. 20. AND MANY MORE
  21. 21. 3. NO NEW GUY MENTALITY
  22. 22. HAZING IS BAD IT DEHUMANIZES, HUMILIATES & SHAMES
  23. 23. WHO WANTS TO JOIN A GROUP THAT THE TICKET IN IS SHAME?
  24. 24. IF THE CHAIN IS ONLY AS STRONG AS THE WEAKEST LINK
  25. 25. THEN SHOULDN'T WE STRENGTHEN ALL THE LINKS?
  26. 26. BRING NEW GUYS UP TO STANDARD
  27. 27. COACH KRZYZEWSKI DOES THIS AT DUKE
  28. 28. WELCOME THEM INTO A FAMILY
  29. 29. 4. FEEDBACK
  30. 30. FEEDBACK IS ESENTIAL FOR IMPROVEMENT
  31. 31. GIVE HONEST AND OPEN FEEDBACK
  32. 32. FEEDBACK IS THE NORM IN HIGHLY FUNCTIONAL UNITS
  33. 33. UNADDRESSED POOR PERFORMANCE WILL PERSIST AND PERMEATE
  34. 34. TALENT CANNOT OVERCOME DYSFUNCTION
  35. 35. CONCLUSION
  36. 36. GREAT TEAMS HAVE 4 COMMON CHARACTERISTICS
  37. 37. Great Leadership No Egos No New Guy Mentality Feedback
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