Dallas Mavericks Show Teamwork Works

Teamwork Works

Teamwork Works

It’s another example of the power of team work. The Miami Heat with its much touted superstars-Lebron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh-were unable to win against a TEAM of one superstar Dirk Nowitzki and a group of lesser players who worked to collectively find ways to score more points and to hold Miami to fewer baskets and win the NBA championship.

In the final game Nowitzki was not performing at his usual level. He finished 9 for 27. Even though he was 1 for 12 in the first half, the rest of the team helped make it 53-51. Throughout the game the team stepped up and and did what was needed to win.

From ESPN Game HQ

“When you are outnumbered 3-1 in All-Stars, its crucial your supporting cast shows up. Luckily for Dirk Nowitzki, that’s exactly what happened. In the Mavericks’ four wins, Dirk’s supporting cast combined to score over 75 points…”

“This is a true team,” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said. “This is an old bunch. We don’t run fast or jump high. These guys had each other’s backs. We played the right way. We trusted the pass.”

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/recap?gameId=310612014

Contrasts in Mindset

1. After the game Norwitzki praised the efforts of his teammates and how they made up for his game being off.

2. Dwayne Wade (Miami), during an interview after one of the earlier games, made a comment about how if one of the three (him, Bosh, James) was not playing well then one of the the other three would step up their game. To me this demonstrated how this threesome viewed the team. It was all about the three of them. It appeared that the rest of the team was incidental…along for the ride. Thinking back I don’t recall the rest of the team ever being mentioned. I have to wonder the impact this had on the other players through the season and particularly in the finals.

There Are Parallels to Leading a Business Team.

Super stars- Whether in sports or in business they set the bar high and do the extra-ordinary things to win and energize and motivate the rest of the team. They add power to the team. However be careful not to ignore and to recognize the critical contributions of everyone else. Paying special attention to only one or two people no matter how good they are can cause morale issues.

Complimentary Team Members- Successful teams leverage the contribution of individuals with different skill sets as well as harness the synergy and selflessness of members working in concert to deliver superior results and stepping in to support each other. It is about the team not just the individual. The competition should be out there not in here.

A Situational Leader- It starts with a clear vision and strategy that each team member completely understands. It requires a leader who helps each member focus on executing their role as part of the team. Just as critical, a leader must have the agility to utilize the right person in the right slot as required and modify the plan to respond to real time changes in the situation. (just as Rick Carlisle did)

Creating and maintaining a winning team is hard work. There are so many moving parts that it can not be left to chance. It needs clarity and commitment around honesty, respect, alignment, goals, strategies, conflict resolution, accountability, and communication.

Have you taken a hard look at your team lately? Are you doing what you need to do to create and maintain a High Performing Team? Do something today before the unexpected happens and you regret it.

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