What Can We Learn from March Madness?
One of the keys to success this season had been that the team has been a culture of learning and not surprisingly, overcoming adversity. Starting out the season with a so-so record, the team never gave up. They grew together, understanding each other's strengths and weaknesses, gaining the trust and respect they needed to operate as a team.
Another reason for the change in outcomes is that the new coach focused heavily on execution. During a game, the Weber State team moves quickly, trying different offensive and defensive schemes, changing tactics to find and exploit the weaknesses of opponents. The team adapts "on the run" during each game.
It appears that there were no true "stars" on this team; the egos were shelved. The players expect each other to deliver, to help in whatever their roles might be to get the job done. In the end, the coach set the tone that this is a team: working, living and competing together; and if they are going to be successful, they have to do it as one.
UCLA won that game. Regardless of the outcome, the lessons learned and shared by the Weber State team this season can apply to any organization facing difficult times.
One of the best books on teamwork is Patrick Lencioni's "The Five Dysfunctions of a Team." It is an enjoyable, easy read.
We are living in challenging times and perhaps we can all learn something from what happens during March Madness.
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