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Fostering “Trust” to Build Team Chemistry

posted Nov 5, 2012, 12:34 PM by Lady Cavemen   [ updated Nov 5, 2012, 12:34 PM ]
I have had an opportunity since last spring to reflect about the past season, our personnel, and our team dynamic.  I have come to the conclusion that “trust” needs to become a defining character of our team chemistry.  It is obvious to all who see our players’ skill level that we have the physical tools to compete at the highest level.  Our depth, speed, size, and shooting are impressive and certainly adequate to get the job done.  However, I sometimes question our togetherness, our commitment to one another, and our unselfishness.   I concede that our players are friendly, considerate, and kind to each other, but I believe we need to aspire to develop something deeper.   I envision a closeness where we trust each other enough to disagree openly, to expose our emotional sides to each other, and to genuinely  appreciate when each other is recognized for their individual successes.  This all takes trust.  I recognize that some people are more trusting than others.  Many of us might be holding back because of previous experiences or insecurities, but our failure to speak or act only reinforces our fears.

Here are some simple steps we can all embrace to help us to build trust within our team relationships:
1. Say what you mean and mean what you say.  Honesty fosters trust even when it is difficult.
2. Always speak and act with integrity.  Be consistent between word and deed.
3. Stay out of the gossip and rumor mills. Gossip needn’t be false to be destructive.

As we begin to trust and respect each other more sincerely, we will be able to focus on “we” and not individual successes or failures.  When we perform at peak levels, everyone will feel as if they are an integral part of our success.

I believe in our players.  I believe in our coaching staff, I believe in our philosophies and strategies.  But mostly, I believe a talented team of individuals who trust and truly love each other can accomplish much more than any of us can imagine on our own.  Our success will be defined by more than just wins and losses, but by a collective appreciation for the shared experience…a truly worthwhile journey.

“He who does not trust enough, will not be trusted.”    Lao Tzu