Superstar Teams: The Mental Game of Team-Building.
Did you know that you might be
a team-building coach but may not know it? If you influence others
as a group, you are a team coach. You might be a parent and coach
your kids. You might be a manager and coach your subordinates. You
probably coach teams more than you realize. Learn ten mental game
success strategies that team-building experts use to help their
teams reach for greatness.
Coaching Superstar Teams
The Mental Game Of Team-Building
Bill Cole, MS, MA
Founder and CEO
William B. Cole Consultants
Silicon Valley, California
Did you know that you might be a team-building
coach but may not know it? If you influence others as a group, you
are a team coach. You might be a parent and coach your kids. You
might be a manager and coach your subordinates. You might be a PTA
leader, board member, social club leader, association leader, or
peer group leader. You might direct a neighborhood association.
You might merely have influence over a casual group of people.
If you want to have a more intentionally positive influence over
a group, then this article is for you.
Let's see how the team-building experts help their teams reach for
greatness. The overarching area to focus on in building a great
team is communication. Quality communication equals great respect
for and from each team member. What you sow, so shall you reap.
Here are ten mental game success strategies that peak-performing
coaches use in team coaching:
1. Are You Pushing Or Pulling Your Team?
Do you inspire (pull) your team or do you dictate
(push) to your team? People can immediately feel the difference
and respond with enthusiasm or lifeless obedience. The best coaches
motivate and inspire by treating each team member as special.
2. Do You Raise Your Team's Self-Esteem With
Your team decides if they want to continue being
on your team every day. Each time you end an interaction with your
team, they walk away feeling positive or negative about that experience.
Decide to make every team contact intentionally uplifting.
3. Do You Orchestrate A Robust Flow Of Information?
Do all members of your team feel they are "in-the-know"?
Or do they feel that information is being withheld from them? Is
there regular disclosure of appropriate information so people feel
part of the team?
4. Do You Regularly Praise Your Team, Or Do
You Just Assume They Know You Appreciate Their Efforts?
Do you assume that your team knows how you feel
about them? Do you intentionally honor the efforts of each team
member, even in casual ways? Even the smallest gesture of appreciation
to your team can last a long time, and reap huge benefits.
5. Do You Personally Model The Kind Of Behavior
You Wish Your Team To Have?
Team members may be more influenced by your behavior
than by your words. How you relate to them as people speaks volumes
of how you expect them to relate to you in return.
6. Do You Maintain Consistency In Conveying
Information To Your Team?
Does your team learn of your policies through
the grapevine? From unofficial sources? From multiple, conflicting
sources? High-achieving teams feel secure that the information they
receive is from a valid, consistent source.
7. Do You Over-Communicate Or Under-Communicate?
The best team coaches err on the side of having
too much communication, not too little. Do you keep your team in
the information flow, or do you they have to struggle to learn about
8. Do You Seek First To Understand, Or Seek
First To Be Understood?
The best coaches are so secure that they seek
first to understand their team members, and only then to be understood.
This respect fosters a mutuality that results in smoother teamwork.
Which style do you model?
9. Do You Create An Environment That Your Team
Brags About To Others?
The best teams advertise about their quality
naturally and openly. You as coach can create that pride in your
team by treating them like family so they feel honored and respected.
10. Do You Seek To Continually Improve As A
Just because your team does not complain to you,
it doesn't mean they are happy. Assess your team regularly to see
what impact you are having on them. The best coaches care about
every interaction they have with every member of their team.
Your Mental Game Action Plan:
What action will you take this week in becoming
better at team coaching? Here are three questions to get you started.
1. What system can you develop to increase awareness about yourself
and your team?
2. Who can you partner with to assist you in your team coaching
3. How will you translate what you learn about yourself and the
team into immediately useful action?
To learn more about how team building can help your organization
reach its potential, visit Bill Cole, MS, MA, the Mental Game Coach
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organizations and professionals achieve more success in business,
life and sports. He is also the Founder and President of the International
Mental Game Coaching Association (www.mentalgamecoaching.com),
an organization dedicated to advancing the research, development,
professionalism and growth of mental game coaching worldwide. He
is a multiple Hall-Of-Fame honoree as an athlete, coach and school
alumnus, an award-winning scholar-athlete, published book author
and articles author, and has coached at the highest levels of major-league
pro sports, big-time college athletics and corporate America. For
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