I remember when I first played on my first team in eighth grade. I was so very scared. I remember almost a hundred teams later that I came to a realization that understanding team leadership is servitude at its best. I learned that whether or not you are playing on a sports team, dancing for a dance company or hired by a company, a person must understand one word, service. The service to use your skills, values and knowledge while still in progress and under construction learning, developing and growing while meshing with other personalities that you may or may not get along with at the same time. It is a juggling act!
I remember when I played my first sport. The try outs were daunting. After years later, as an adult I remember my first interview with my first job at the high school. Now, as an entrepreneur I understand the concept of humble and morale. The black belt energy is very important. I learned this theory in my Masters program for Business Communications. The text book author, Richard Schuttler made some excellent points about the black belt spirit. I have learned that team building is not always about getting the strongest, smartest and fastest group of people together. Sometimes it means finding those who have determination, heart to endure hardship, challenge and intentions to be interested in the mission, vision and objectives of the team.
It never fails when the world think of building a team, people think of like mindedness. Corporations set up expensive test to rate your IQ, character, credit and assess people’s ability to be managed and roll with the punches. Now think about it, if the building is burning what type of people do you want on your team? It does not matter if the culture is different, disabled or blind. It matters that the job is done well and effective. At the end of the day, the question is not what is the background of the person per say, but what is the end result. Who can handle the mess? Who can handle the stress? These are the right questions when building a team.
It is a strong asset for a team to have diversity. The moment a team walked on the court, our team players always looked that team up and down looking for the weakest link. It is a sad truth, but every time have a weak point and weak moment. The question is not finding a perfect team, but finding the right team with weak points and moments that are adjustable and repairable. The question is not how to avoid conflict or mystery weaknesses by assessing people’s weakness, but counting the cost of how much will it cost to repair, rehabilitate and restore if something should happen. A team should be built based on cost effectiveness to how much will it cost for the weakness of each individual. If the cost are low, or within budget then training and strategic plans for the team building will have to coach through some down time to build those skills in increments.
Last but not least, the crucial role of building a team is the rhythm and soul of the team. Yes, the black belt spirit is the grace of the team, but what is the grind in the team? What is the soul of the team? The most important part of building a team is what is the song of the team, the dance and that is the rhythm of the team. Make sure the selection of people have a sense of humor and creative. Good technique is very important in building a team, coaching and strong support structures to master weakness, but the meshing of a team is the soul. Each individual must have some percentage of attitude of humor that is tactful and real.