The Ultimate Team Sport

It is an exciting time of year to me, football season is just around the corner. Training camps are getting started in the NFL and college football is going through their media days. The hope of every fan is at its peak as they anticipate what the coming season could mean.

I never played the sport much growing up, but I become a bigger fan every year. I think what I find most interesting is how much of a team sport it is. In basketball the star can go 1-on-1 and take over a game. Baseball is a series of individual match-ups between a hitter and pitcher strung together. There is a team element to all sports, but not like there is in football. Each member of the team on the field needs to be doing their job, all 11 have to be on the same page for the right things to occur. You don't win championships in football unless you are a highly effective team. Having superstars will only get you so far if you can't work together as a team.

It is true in business too. The companies that are successful have a team and culture where everyone is on the same page and committed to the team goals over personal goals. Willing to give up what they want or what they would prefer for the benefit of the team.

The other similarity I see is looking at coaching. A bad coach just like a bad manager can have a negative impact on a team. A great coach/manager is helpful, but it will only get a team so far. Until a team is ready to decide for themselves that they want greatness, become united and work together having a great coach won't matter a whole lot.

A team is only as strong as the individuals on it decide to be. What kind of teammate are you going to decide to be?


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