I have been taking a course recently which, I feel compelled to share with you. Now, for those of you who might not know, I am a full time student of LLU – Life Lessons University. LLU doesn’t have semesters and its degree program spands a lifetime. I will tell you more about LLU in another post but you can’t imagine how great an experience the university is! Maybe someday you will have to call me Professor Corey Graham 2.0 lol! And LLU will have the Corey K Graham Centre for Caribbean Creativity at LLU. A guy can dream right lol!!
My LLU Team Building Course
My first class for this life lesson started after one basketball practice game…..
(I should mention here that basketball team and sports club its a part
of is just getting back on its feet. They had once been a very vibrant
club however things had slowed down for a while now.)
In frustration the coach admitted to the players.
I’m tired, I am really tired of this. We are going on to the court and focusing on too many other things which have nothing to do with basketball.
We are wondering if its fair that one person getting more play, wondering who has something personal with another player, who is up to date with subs etc.
He was tired of trying to manage all of that other stuff that had nothing to do with basketball. He said he wanted us to get back to the basketball. He accepted the responsibility for the focus drifting from basketball and said from today he was going to get back to coaching basketball and not getting side tracked. He came to coach basketball.
Coach said we all needed do the same. All we needed to do was to answer one simple question –
Do you want to play basketball?
DO YOU WANT TO PLAY BASKETBALL?
If you answer : YES, I want to play basketball.
Come and play basketball and be determined to play basketball, don’t let anything side track you from doing what you came to do….To play basketball.
If your goal is to play basketball. Then aim to accomplish your goal. Stop getting side-tracked!
If the answer is NO.
You don’t come into the team, you can stay on the sideline and watch.
It sounds sooooo simple right?
Can you do that same thing for all the projects you are working on now? Those with work mates, partners or colleagues?
What about your job or hobbies? Are you letting frustrations distract you from the thing you came to do?
Many times we don’t ask ourselves and others we are working with that basic question.
Do you want do this?
Do we all understand the BASIC aim of the project?
Wait did anyone even take the 2 mins to write down basic aim of this project?
If I ask the simple question what is the purpose of this project? Will everyone on your team give the same answer?
In the movie ‘The Last Samurai” clearly illustrated this in the scene where Tom cruise challenges the best fighter in the village. It was the simple words
‘Too many mind – one mind’
That simple change in Tom Cruise’s action plan made all the difference to Tom Cruise’s battle against this great samurai warrior.
Alrite get it out of your head! You are not a samurai warrior! I am just making the same point to you. And yes I am importing some Chinese wisdom cheaply to make my blog better!
Seriously though ..Whether it is yourself or a team, it comes down to this basic step. Answering the question
Do you want to ________?
This is key for a team. Key key key. I can’t say it enough. This is where it starts. Each member making a DECISION. Not just going with the flow, but taking the time to make that decision. To make a decision to do this, to be a part of the team. To accept the shared responsibility of the team.
That’s where it begins and that’s where the backbone of the team lies. That’s what will keep it together in tough times.
After this happens then the team can then start to take shape and evolve into a real unit. Team dynamics and all the jazz fall in place and the team can “gel”. When that happens the team can deal with the tough situations. Players will step up and become known as champions
One famous person said, ‘Champions are not made in the ring they are merely recognized there’
E – Each
A – Achieves
M – More
Build up your team today!
Corey Graham 2.0