Let’s talk a little bit about team culture. Over the last decade, the word “culture” has become a hot button topic for teams across all sports. It’s something that nearly every team places a focus on, but few teams actually excel at. But why?
Why do teams miss the mark when it comes to culture?
Why do coaches spend so much time on it, yet far too often their team culture isn’t exactly what they want?
Typically, when we think about culture we think about the BIG events. Maybe it’s a big team meeting, a team meal, or a team experience like bowling.
We think that’s what culture is, but in reality those are things that may boost culture, but they aren’t “your culture.”
Your team’s culture is the way coaches and players in your program interact with each other EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.
Far too often we as coaches get caught up in the BIG moments of culture, but most times we can get a real gauge on our culture from the daily, small interactions.
A lot of times we don’t pay enough attention to these interactions, and we miss out on the warning signs of a fading culture.
With that in mind, I have a simple challenge for you when you get back in the gym with your team.
Take a step back and look at the small interactions in your program.
– What are the players doing when they’re sitting on the bench?
– How do they interact with each other when they’re in the locker room?
– What’s the tone like during practice when coaches talk to players and vice versa?
– Is there eye contact during conversations?
– How do players respond when they’re not having a good day at practice or calls aren’t going their way?
What do these (and other) little interactions look like?
What do they REALLY look like?
When you pay attention to these little interactions, you’ll get a better feel for the heart beat of your team.
Then you’ll get a clearer picture of the things you might need to work on and improve so your culture gets even stronger.
Remember – it’s the little things. EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.