5 Tips To Create A Winning Team Environment

Man City Team Shirts

Last week, I had the privilege to be the keynote speaker at a conference held at the Etihad Stadium, home to the 2013-14 Premiership football champions, Manchester City.

Nick Fewings Ngagementworks Etihad Stadium

Prior to speaking, I had the opportunity to have a tour of the stadium.  I was fascinated by how the leadership team,  went to great lengths to ensure, they created an environment for the players that ensured that their individual and collective needs were met, creating an environment where they could focus on their goal of winning.

What they do to achieve this, is equally relevant and important, in creating a winning team environment, in other businesses.

TREAT EACH TEAM MEMBER AS AN INDIVIDUAL

The home team have a fully-kitted out indoor area to warm-up, which is tailor-made to each players’ specification. The City dressing room is also fitted out with luxury padded seating.  This is  to make team members feel more comfortable and hopefully give them that little edge.

Manchester City Changing Room

 Do you personalise each team members work area to ensure their needs are meet thus ensuring they work effectively?

ENSURE YOUR TEAM HAVE THE RIGHT EQUIPMENT TO MAXIMISE THEIR PERFORMANCE

With a football team, it is important that their fitness levels are optimised.  Manchester City have a physiotherapy room just off the changing room. This is fully equipped with state of the art physiotherapy equipment, that enables them to ensure that the player’s needs are supported prior, during and after the game.  To ensure they optimise their performance on the pitch, they need the right support off the pitch.

Manchester City Physiotherapy Room

Do you ensure that your team have the right equipment to do their jobs properly?

HAVE A GOOD SUPPORT NETWORK AND KEEP THEM HAPPY

 Even the needs of the substitutes are catered for. The home team dug out is kitted out with heated seats for them to keep warm in the freezing temperatures.  The leadership team don’t know when they will need to call on the services of one of the substitutes, it could be in the first minute or the last minute of the game.  When they do, they need to ensure they can perform at their best.

Heated subsistutes' seats Etihad Stadium

 Who supports your team and how do you keep the relationship with them positive?

PROVIDE ON-GOING COACHING AND SUPPORT

 The manager has all the tools and technology available, in order to provide individual and team coaching, both prior, during and after the game.  This is vitally important, especially at half-time, when tactics may need to be changed to give the team the winning edge.

man-city-dressing-room

Do you provide regular, on-going support and individual/team coaching?

 INSPIRE THE TEAM

As well as individuals knowing the part they need to play in achieving their goals, it is important that they understand the bigger team goal, that their performance helps to achieve.   Often teams will use a vision/mission statement, or a phrase that really resonates with the team.

Man City Tunnel

 Do you have a vision/mission statement or phrase? And importantly, does everyone in the team know what it is and believe in it?

GETTING THE RIGHT PEOPLE ON THE TEAM AND WRONG ONES OFF THE TEAM

As a leader, you need to ensure that you have the right blend of skills, competencies and behaviours in your team.  If you haven’t achieved the right mix, you may need to restructure the team, recruiting new team members and letting go of others.

Man City Team Shirts

Have you got the right individuals in your team to enhance your team success?

CONCLUSION

As a leader, there are a number of things that you should be doing. You not only have to have the right people on your team, you also need to create an environment that enables them to flourish and play their part in helping achieve team success.

Tranformational Leadership Ngagementworks Nick Fewings

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Yours Behaviourally,
Nick

2 Comments on “5 Tips To Create A Winning Team Environment

  1. Nick, Good to meet you at the Etihad and as a person who likes to use analogies I appreciate your post here. Of course if we continue the Manchester City (MCFC) analogy I see an elephant in the room not covered in your post? The MCFC team are known within the Premier League to pay their players larger salaries than other football clubs for a player of the same skills and experience. So do you suggest that paying more money can give a better team performance?

    • Hi David,

      It’s an interesting point that you raise and certainly food for thought. As with everything in life, if someone wants something badly enough, they will often be prepared to risk paying over the going rate. Whether this helps them achieve their goal and provides a return on their investment is another matter.

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