Prepare to the best of your ability.
Show up fully, mind and body.
Know your job, do your job.
Take responsibility – admit to & learn from your mistakes.
Learn from each other’s mistakes.
No blame. Learn & move on.
Trust each other enough to communicate your needs.
Support each other. Everyone needs help at times. Don’t be cocky. Put your ego aside for the sake of the team.
When individuals come together to create a team they bring different values & beliefs. Varying age, experience, skills & expertise should bring richness & depth to the group, but often people struggle with the team dynamics, finding their place & their role.
Strong leadership is key, and communication is essential. This is easy to say but more difficult to cultivate unless there is trust & honesty within the team. Sounds obvious, but it’s far trickier when people feel they have something to prove, something to hide, over confidence or maybe they feel they’re not good enough.
It’s important to bear in mind the psychological dynamics of competing & cooperating. These forces are constant and ongoing in relationships and influence how we interact with others.
In a work place and elite sports teams, it’s common practice to have team values. These are values and behaviour which the team agree to. Leaders can use these values to increase focus and drive, and get people to work together for the benefit of the team.
This practice is less common in amateur sports, but it’s really worth doing if your serious about team performance.
An easy way to do this is to have team rules which everyone agrees to. This what the example above is.
Team rules will also optimise performance by reducing performance anxiety, building confidence in each other and an acceptance of people’s current skill and capability level. When these things are in place, the forces of compete & cooperation can be utilised to become positive & performance enhancing.