05 January, 2016

Four Rules to Team Success

Four Rules to Team Success

Image Credit: Luigi Mengato

In the 2014/15 Northern Territory Football League, I was lucky enough to work with Andrew Hodges at Wanderers Football Club. Andrew bought four rules to the playing group that I wanted to reflect on, as there are some lessons I have learnt through my time in the Military and the challenges I faced throughout my service.

When things weren’t going our way, and frequently in training the instructors would conspire against us to make sure that every obstacle was put in front of us. At the time, we were despondent, wanted out and generally were dragging our heels to the end of the training exercise.

But as my career progressed and I reflected on those times, and then I started to train new recruits, I saw the valuable lessons I had been taught and how they hardened me up to life as a leader and valuable team member.

I have reflected on some of the things we were taught, Andrew’s rules and how they relate to sporting teams and the achievement of team success.

Rule 1: We don’t take short cuts.

Discipline is the attitude and work ethic that you as an individual adhere to and expect those around you to also uphold. Discipline is unwavering in the face of adversity or taking the easy way out.

Rule 2: We only have ourselves to blame

Teamwork is the working together for survival and success. Because in failure there are no winners, so team success is what is required for individuals to excel.

Rule 3: Club comes first.

Esprit de Corps refers to the morale of the group and their sense of belonging to the team or club and the team goals. This is built on the above two attitudes and around this is built the morale of the club. With a strong esprit de corps then the team can overcome any obstacles put in front of it.

Rule 4: Volunteers are God

Respect is understanding your place in the World. It is understanding that you as an individual are just a part of a bigger unit and there are other people supporting your individual and team success, so acknowledge them.

So as we judge our collective team success, we need to reflect on firstly our individual performances. Are we displaying the discipline and teamwork required to allow team success? Without a collective yes from the group then the third tenant of team success – Espirit de Corp cannot be achieved. Are we respecting those around us and their supporting role in our success?

With these four rules in place and being followed by all, then success as a team will likely follow.

© 2019 Paul Mead