I've been thinking a lot about teamwork lately. I'm co-captain of an amazing lacrosse team. We're each wonderful as individuals, but when we work together on the field, it's magic.
I was on the sideline for our last game, and I saw some some moments of brilliance. Were they goals? Not always.
One moment was the smooth transition of the ball from a low defender to a defensive wing, to the center, and then to low attack. My teammates ran to open positions, cut toward the ball, and communicated clearly. The passes all connected, and it was beautiful.
In another moment, as the other team charged toward our end of the field, our defensive players sprinted back to provide a safety net. Players yelled to each other to identify who they were guarding, who was available for double-teaming, and any free players. Like a beehive, there was constant activity. Attack players from the other team sprinted in front of the goal asking for a pass. Defenders stayed close to the attackers, trying to get one step ahead. As different attackers moved from less dangerous to more dangerous positions on the field, the defenders reacted, sliding to cover—and double-team—the person with the ball.
What makes a strong team?
- Respect and trust
- Common goals
- Individual strengths
- Willingness to support each other
Teams who work together are similar to teams who play together. The lessons that I've learned on the lacrosse field translate to situations in my work life.
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