Prelude To A Championship

Since we are only hours away from the NCAA basketball championship. My beloved Michigan and Louisville. Two great teams. The question that came to my mind. What are the ingredients for a great team?

A great team buys into a system.

Each person on the team depends on eachother to do their own job.

The right team has chemistry

The teams problems don’t belong to me, the belong to us.

Each team mate refuses to allow preferences dictate decisions

The team will not fight to maintain status quo but rather do everything possible to advance the situation

The right team is way more obsessed with their dreams of what could be rather than their memories of what has been.

The Harvard business school says that “ Ideal team merges individual talents and skills into one super performing whole with capabilities that surpass those of even its most talented member.

The team must trust one another and have confidence in their effectiveness as a team

When you create a climate of trust and sense that we are better together than we are apart, it leads to greater effectiveness.

One of the most famous speeches about The Team came from legendary Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler in 1983. Here is how he addressed the Wolverines:

BO SCHEMBECHLER: “The Team, The Team, The Team”

“We want the Big Ten championship and we’re gonna win it as a Team. They can throw out all those great backs, and great quarterbacks, and great defensive players, throughout the country and in this conference, but there’s gonna be one Team that’s gonna play solely as a Team. No man is more important than The Team. No coach is more important than The Team. The Team, The Team, The Team, and if we think that way, all of us, everything that you do, you take into consideration what effect does it have on my Team? Because you can go into professional football, you can go anywhere you want to play after you leave here. You will never play for a Team again. You’ll play for a contract. You’ll play for this. You’ll play for that. You’ll play for everything except the team, and think what a great thing it is to be a part of something that is, The Team. We’re gonna win it. We’re gonna win the championship again because we’re gonna play as team, better than anybody else in this conference, we’re gonna play together as a team. We’re gonna believe in each other, we’re not gonna criticize each other, we’re not gonna talk about each other, we’re gonna encourage each other. And when we play as a team, when the old season is over, you and I know, it’s gonna be Michigan again, Michigan.”

Go Blue !


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