Team Great Britain In-line Hockey has done it again, winning Gold in Division One of the IIHF World Championships. On Saturday 8th June Team GB beat its professional rivals Austria in the playoffs to gain promotion into the elite division.
But how has this group of young non-paid athletes achieved so much against professional athletes?
The answer to the above question is ‘glue’. During the group stage of the World Championships last week, GB lost to Croatia and narrowly beat Australia in a tight over time game. Self-doubt about our ability to compete at the top level was creeping in. At this stage of a tournament it can go either way, fortunately we met Australia for re-match in the semi-final to beat them 6-1.
A high performance team needs the glue and the right set of behaviours that bind a team when facing adversity
We could have seen the previous results as failures; it could have caused a blame culture and further poor performance. The difference was that Team GB recognised it as an opportunity to improve rather than as a failure.
Getting your team to come together and maintain clarity during crisis doesn’t happen over night, it requires time and effort. During a game, rapid decision-making is required, often direct feedback is necessary, both positive and developmental. This will only work if groundwork has been put into the relationships with your team members.
If you want to create a high performance culture, ask yourself these five questions:
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