I just watched “Roosevelt Roughrider’s girl’s basketball team (my old high school).“, a documentary about the
At key moments, the coach called a closed circle meeting where the players went off by themselves coming back with resolution or a group decision.
In the first example, the team worked through tension between players resulting in dramatically better play — going from tight games to blowing out opponents.
In the second example, the team rallied around a player at the risk of forfeiting their season.
As reward for their camaraderie and commitment, the coach made sure every player received game time during the close-fought final championship game. What’s more, the starters rallied around his decision. The younger players not only held their own but played above themselves.
There’s a lot of hype about teamwork in business and self-directed teams in agile practice. A lot of managers look to sports as an example. Rarely do we pull it off.
At the end of the day, it’s about actions that value the group as much as the individuals and actions that source from trust to earn trust.