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March Madness - Creating Championship Business Teams

AHHH…March Madness – my favorite time of year. The excitement and thrill of the college basketball season are gripping. Battles of David vs Goliath and Cinderella stories every weekend always make me consider the factors that lead to these outcomes.

I think there are multiple considerations that contribute to March Madness success. Some of the most important include having strong coaching and game-planning, good team chemistry and communication, adaptability, and resilience. Teams that perform well in these areas often find themselves making deep runs in the tournament and potentially even winning the championship.

I believe some of these same components are what create winning teams in business. So, how can you leverage these areas for success to build a national championship team?

1. Strong Leadership Just as successful basketball teams need strong coaches to lead them, great companies need strong leaders to guide them.

  • Communication: A strong leader must be able to communicate effectively with his or her team. This includes setting clear expectations, providing feedback, and ensuring that everyone is on the same page.

  • Confidence: A good leader must have confidence in himself or herself, as well as in his or her teammates. This confidence helps to motivate the team and instill a sense of belief that they can win.

  • Perseverance: A growth-focused leader must be able to persevere through the ups and downs of the market. This includes staying focused, maintaining a positive attitude, and creating a culture of learning.

2. Teamwork

In basketball, success is often the result of strong teamwork and collaboration. The same is true in business, where successful companies rely on employees working together towards a common goal.

  • Improved productivity: When employees work together as a team, they can often get more done in less time. This is because team members can share the workload and divide tasks according to their strengths, which can lead to increased productivity. It also leads to improved chemistry through shared best practices and enhanced overall skill set of the team.

  • Increased employee satisfaction: When employees feel like they are part of a team and are working towards a common goal, they are often more satisfied with their jobs. This can lead to lower turnover rates and a more stable workforce, which is absolutely critical to engagement and sustainable growth.

3. Adaptability

In March Madness, teams need to be able to adapt to their opponents' strategies and adjust their game plans accordingly. Similarly, successful companies must be able to adapt to changes in the market and innovate to stay ahead of their competitors. This can be summed up no better than the quote below by Tom Peters:

“Being good is a stupid idea. The only thing that counts is whether you are getting better at a more rapid rate than your principal competitors. ​
It’s real simple…​
if you are not doing more, better, faster than they are doing …more, better, faster,​
then you are getting less better, or more worse.”

4. Resilience

Finally, both March Madness and successful companies require resilience in the face of adversity. Whether it's overcoming a tough loss or navigating a challenging business environment, both require individuals and teams who can bounce back and keep pushing forward.

  • Four Cornerstones of Success® – embracing a combination of a great attitude, personal accountability for outcomes, the above-mentioned ability to persevere as your market changes, and being “IN THE HABIT” of doing what successful people do; remember – “Progressive improvement is better than postponed perfection.”

Ultimately, there is no guaranteed formula for success in March Madness, as the tournament is known for its unpredictability and upsets. However, by focusing on key factors like coaching, chemistry, and composure, teams give themselves the best chance of achieving success in this exciting and unpredictable event.

If your team can benefit from professional development and becoming a perennial champion, let’s chat. We can help.


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