Yes, it’s fall and football season once again. Whether it is a favorite sport of yours or not, the words of legendary Alabama football coach Paul Bryant will resonate, and not just around the aspects of the game. Strategies in sports readily apply to teams in the workplace. Coach Bryant retired with 323 wins over 38 seasons, an amazing record of achievement to be sure.
“Bear” Bryant said that members of a winning team needed 5 things:
1. Tell me what you expect from me
2. Give me an opportunity to perform
3. Let me know how I’m doing
4. Give me guidance when I need it
5. Reward me according to my contributions
Winners need straight information. Sometimes a formula that seems too simple is ignored. However, when we communicate objectives clearly and simplify the points, everyone is more likely to be on the same page. From small to larger teams, setting consistent expectations and goals is foundational to successful outcomes.
• How clear are you when communicating directives?
• Are your expectations realistic with opportunity to reach beyond?
• Do you offer specific, targeted feedback to your team?
• As a team member, how do you ask for feedback?