“People want to be on a team. They want to be part of something bigger than themselves. They want to be in a situation where they feel that they are doing something for the greater good.” – Coach Mike Krzyzewski.

Are you tired of basketball yet? For a lot of people, this is a time of emotion and excitement for March Madness and it’s tough to not get pulled in. But even if you aren’t a basketball fan, there’s so much to gain from watching teams go through the rollercoaster that is the NCAA tournament.

Every team in this tournament has the common goal of winning the championship. They know they must work together as a unit in order to be successful and great coaches will tell you that it’s not just the players but the managers, families, and fans that also contribute to the success. When one player makes a mistake, the team has to rally around them and help them through it.

It’s very similar when setting goals with students. Whether it’s personal, small group, classroom, or school goals, the success comes down to more than just the students. It’s the parents, teachers, counselors, and community that help drive the success. Everyone on a team has a special role to play and shares in the successes and losses together.

Just like a basketball team has 5 unique positions, students can figure out their position on a team and realize they are important and necessary. The center is just as important as the point guard, but they can still be totally unique in their own way. Encourage students to embrace what makes them unique and how their uniqueness contributes to the team and helps to reach the goal.

What is your favorite part of being on a team? How can we help students work together to reach a common goal? If you are interested in learning more about creating this culture, we offer a Professional Development workshop for Building a TEAM Culture