“The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.”
-Babe Ruth

When it comes to building a high performance team for your business, it helps to think in sports terms. Sports teams are the perfect model for productive businesses – they have rules, goals, the proper equipment, players and coaches.

Anything that is present in a sports game can and should be present in your business.
When someone goes out of bounds, the play is over. When someone violates a rule, there is a penalty. When the players are well-coached, well-trained and working together, they will move the ball down the field and score points. The longer and better they work together, the more often they will win.

So how do you use this analogy to build your winning team?
Take a look at your business just like it were a team for your favorite sport. Let’s say it’s baseball. Do you have enough players on the field? If not, you need to hire more. Are they the right players? Are they trained to play baseball or tennis? If you’re playing baseball, you need baseball players. Are they getting the coaching they need? Do they have the right equipment? Baseball players don’t need tennis racquets, they need bats. Employees need the right resources to help them produce results. Don’t spend money on a new copier if you really need a new website.

Assessing your company like it is a sports team helps you identify what’s missing, what’s keeping your business from winning.
Do you have the right people in the right jobs? Do you have a deep enough bench? Are you coaching them to win or just to get by? Are you giving everyone some playing time? Employees who feel their jobs don’t contribute to the win will not give you their best effort on the field. You need the right players, in the right positions, with the right coach.

Start thinking today about what might be missing in your team playbook. Could your team use some extra coaching? Give us a call and we’ll show you how to turn your players into champions in the world of business.

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