Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

Build Togetherness


Team building is a group problem-solving task that entails the structuring of interactions so that each person in the group can learn to depend on each other and to be accountable to each other. Team cohesion is a dynamic process that is reflected in the tendency of a group to stick together and remain united in the pursuit of its objectives and/or for the satisfaction of member affective needs. A cohesive group is able to remain united in the pursuit of its goals or objectives. It is a leader’s job to get to know his or her athletes off the field.

In elite sports, it is not as easy to build togetherness. Especially, as a result of various factors such as salaries, egos, and turnover. Regardless, the best teams are usually the most cohesive units. Outside of talent, there is a reason why Phil Jackson’s teams always win. Jackson incorporates different exercises to promote cohesion. An example is when he allows his teams to play through difficult stretches in a game without calling a timeout. Another example is how Jackson and many other effective leaders find individual roles for each player based on his or her strengths. Every player has a strength. Team sports are more fun when everybody is working together for a common cause. That makes winning that much more enjoyable.


- A shared vision and common purpose

- A clear understanding of each individual game plan

- Clear communication by the coach or leader

- Get to know athletes outside of sports and have them get to know each other

- Have them struggle through adverse conditions together and grow

- Assign definitive roles for team members

- Give them a sense of pride or purpose; building or continuing a legacy