Coach Jim Johnson

How is a Championship team built?

June 6, 2017

Are you a member of a championship team?      

Championship teams are often associated with sports, but we can apply them to everyday life as well.  Does your family operate as a championship team?  What about your team at work?  Throughout my years as a coach, I have learned to identify the characteristics that separate an ordinary team from a championship caliber operation.  Below are some of what I have noticed, but please reach out if you have any to add! Enjoy.

  • A championship team trusts each other both on and off the court/workplace.  They are able to develop relationships in all aspects of life.  Do you trust your teammates?
  • In order to be successful, you can’t have hidden agendas.  Each member of the team needs to be working toward the same goal and prioritize team accomplishments over individual ones.  Do you have anyone on your team that may have selfish thoughts?
  • We over Me. Championship teams have more givers than takers.  Team members should always ask themselves “How can I help the team?”
  • Set challenging goals. Reality must be taken into account, but the team goals and aspirations must approach greatness.  Increase expectations as improvements are made and adjust accordingly to where you wish to be in the future.  What are the goals you set for your team? 
  • Raise standards. Among the truly great teams, average performance is not an option. Always grow and be consistent with your actions.
  • Mentally tough. All teams will experience adversity.  Championship teams separate themselves when the going gets tough.  Can your team handle setbacks?
  • Care for each other. Both as people and teammates. 

Did You Know?  Coach Jim Johnson recently spoke at Warsaw Central Schools for their Leadership Day, but he also has experience speaking at events to open the school year.  Reach out today and book him to open your 2017-2018 school year!

Life Tip #66: You can’t live a perfect day without doing something nice for someone who cannot pay you back.

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