5 tips to build winning teams

Championship teams are not form overnight.  It takes years of focus, trust and dedication to get the most out of your team. I’m sure everyone knows what the “fist” mentality is. Suppose each of our team member is a finger, now to have the greatest impact, each member of the team must come together to form a tightly closed fist.  Unified in every aspect and working alongside one another for the same purpose.

Here are a few tips on how to build teams that stand together through thick and thin and win.

  • Understand your “why” team mission. What is your team all about? What do you hope to achieve together?  Get feedback from your team and create a purpose for your team.  This will help unify everyone’s thoughts toward one common goal. This also covers having team goals. What are your team goals for this season? Unify them and develop these goals with the intention of getting everyone on the same page.


  • Understand your players’ individual goals. What do your players hope to achieve individually? Make sure you ask them and set goals for them on an individual level.  This will help develop a new level of trust, as they will appreciate your level of care for their personal goals.


  • We’ve discussed trust as a value in an organization but it is also an important factor within a team. Think about it, how you feel when you know there’s someone who has your back. When you know for sure that there are people supporting you and cheering you on, no matter what.


  • Sharing knowledge and experience with those who can benefit. The ‘information is power’ culture breeds ignorance, mistakes and defensive behaviour. But it’s refreshing when someone offers their information or expertise in a helpful way without expecting anything in return. Proactive people do this simply because it’s the right thing to do. When was the last time you shared a good idea or useful information, or passed on your experience sensitively?


  • Listening to each other with an open mind without interruption. Every different point of view could be an opportunity to learn something new and bring new insight. Listening shows that you value the other person and their opinions, that you are open to the possibility of change. Interrupting can mean you think you or your opinions are more important (unless the other person is really rambling or repetitive). When you listen, are you open to what the person is saying? Or do you just wait for them to finish before saying what you were going to say anyway?




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