Is your culture championship worthy?
How do you go about building a championship culture? Is this something you consistently focus on? While managing the day-to-day tasks and focusing on so many things, your culture can quickly get away from you if you are not careful. In the #CJJblog this week, I give you some tips on how you can set high standards and build a caring environment for your team. Enjoy.
- Clarify mission. As well as your values. Be the CRO (Chief Reminding Officer) for your team and encourage integrity, growth, team play, and work ethic.
- Theme. Does your team have a theme or quote you operate by? Find one and instill this quote at every practice and set the example for your team members by putting these words into action.
- Build trust. There are three keys to building trust: 1) Actions = words, 2) Truthful, and 3) Catch people doing the right thing.
- Weekly captain’s meetings. This allows you to get feedback directly from the team voices.
- One-On-One meetings. Have these in the offseason as well. Meet with your players consistently.
- Organized practices. Be demanding during the practices and make them tough, but fun.
- Community service. Find ways your team is willing to give back and help out the local community.
- Birthdays. Do you send birthday cards to your players? How about your entire organization? I did and it was something I took very seriously.
- Team activities. Off the court activities (dinners, bowling, etc.) helped build a bond among the team members.
- Fundraisers. The whole program should participate.
- Middle School Night. Once a season, we would invite the middle school teams to a varsity game and introduce them at halftime.
- Coaching staff attends other games. Showing our support.
- Banquet. At the end of the year to recognize the work we put in.
- End of season meetings. Meet with every player and coach in the program at the end of the season. It is time-consuming, but it is 100% worth it.
- Former players. Bring them in to practices to speak with and motivate your current team.
- Reinforce values. Every chance you get.
- Program booklet. At the end of the year banquet that includes the highlights of the season.
- Leave a profit. Everything your team touches is left better than when they arrived (ex: opposing team locker rooms).
- Coach is a leader and role model. You are always on stage as the coach.
- Mental imagery. Sessions before games imagining upcoming success.
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Life Tip #103: Kill people with kindness