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Four Characteristics of a Winning Team

Four Characteristics of a Winning Team

When it comes to building a winning team it comes down to two essential ingredients. The team needs a common goal and that goal needs to be clearly communicated to the team. Wearing the same uniforms will not build you a winning team. It is not uniformity but unity of purpose that holds a team together. You can have the most talented members on your team, but the team will not achieve if its goals are not shared by all the members of the team. Winning teams have the following characteristics in common.

Winning Teams Play to Win

The first characteristic of winning teams is that they always play to win. Attitude is often the only difference between a team that is successful and one that is not. The difference between a team playing to win and a team playing not to lose is often the difference between success and mediocrity.  A team can have superior talent, but yet not get results because they are not taking any risks.

Winning Teams Take Risks

The second characteristic of winning teams is that they are not afraid to take risks. There are times where you need to take a risk and let what happens happen. It is often these moments that set a team apart as a winning team. It is better for your team to try and fail than it is for your team to fail to try. Teams that always play it is safe will not know the thrill of victory. To win a victory a team must risk a failure.

Winning Teams Keep Improving

The third characteristic of winning teams is that they continue to try harder. A team that is through improving is a team that is through. It is hard for teams to stay on top. Once teams get there they tend to try and maintain the situation, but there are always teams beneath that are willing to make the sacrifices and take the risks to get to the top. It is often easier for a team to win when they have nothing to lose. It never pays for winning teams to rest on their laurels. A team’s greatest reward for improvement is not what they get for it, but what they become because of it.

Winning Team Members Care About Each Other

The fourth characteristic of winning teams is that the team members care for the success of every other team member. If you want to be successful as a team leader, you have to first make your team members successful. Always be aware that there are people on your team that can do a better job than you can do alone.

Source: Be a People’s Person by John Maxwell

 

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The Summit Team Building Venue in Midrand

The Summit Team Building Venue in Midrand

The Summit Venue is centrally located on the boundary of Midrand and Centurion. This team building venue is located within easy access to main routes leading to Johannesburg, the West Rand and Pretoria. The Summit Venue is ideally suited for functions, weddings, informal conferences, team building events, birthday parties or any special occasion in Gauteng.

The Summit Venue’s expansive property offers a tranquil rural setting within the greater Metropolitan area of Gauteng. Indoors the venue can comfortably accommodate up to 150 people in banqueting style while the outdoor area offers numerous team building and leisure related activities on lush green lawns and gardens.

The tranquility of The Summit Venue is ideal for team building events that gives the participants a reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the city. The venue is suitable for both indoor and outdoor team building events. All team building activities at The Summit Venue is facilitated and coordinated by a trained team building facilitator from TBAE.

The following team buildings themes are available at The Summit Venue. Each theme varies in length between two to four hours and consists of a number of team building exercises:

Indoor Themes:
Minute To Win It
Music Quiz / Noot-vir-Noot
Combo Indoor Activities

Outdoor Themes:
Corporate Fun Day
Tribal Survivor Challenge
Sports Day
Wacky, Wet, Weird & Wonderful
Walk On The Wild Side Amazing Race
Boeresport Games
Beach Day
SA Mini Olympics
Hitting the Target
Creative Construction
Drumming
Movie Making
Potjiekos Challenge

 

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Support The Springbok Team in The 2015 Rugby World Cup

Support The Springbok Team in The 2015 Rugby World Cup

It is time for South Africa to once again get behind the Springboks in their campaign to be the first team to win the Web Ellis trophy for the third time, having been winners in 1995 and 2007. The 2015 Rugby World Cup kicks off on the 18th of September when hosts England takes on Fiji. The Springbok’s first game is against Japan on the 19th of September.

The Springbok Team

The Springbok team has displayed some mix performances over the last four years. They suffered three straight defeats in the 2015Rugby Championship, which saw them drop from 2nd to 5th position on the World Rankings.

In recent times the Boks had to evolve their game plan in an effort to catch the All Blacks. Although this has led to some notable performances by the Boks, the gap between them and the All Blacks are still quite substantial. The All Blacks have won three Rugby Championships in the last four years and have beaten the Boks in six of their last seven encounters.

But Springboks supporters can take heart in their team’s recent record in the Northern Hemisphere. The Boks have won eight of their last ten matches in this region. This includes two victories against 2015 World Cup hosts England. The Boks will fancy their chances if they meet England in the quarter finals or even the finals.

The Springbok team will most likely finish top of Group B over Scotland, Japan, USA and Samoa. Their toughest challenge should come from Samoa and the Boks will want to minimize injuries from what is surely the be a physical encounter.

The Springbok Team Captain

Early in 2012 coach Heyneke Meyer was forced to give the captaincy to Jean De Villiers due to the unavailability of Victor Matfiels, Fourie Du Preez and Schalk Burger. De Villiers thrived in his role as captain and was retained even when Matfield, Burger and Du Preez became available again.

In November 2014 De Villiers sustained a potential career-ending knee injury. Fortunately for South Africa he regained his fitness and place in the team despite a fractured jaw that kept him out for another month.

The Springbok Team Coach

Heyneke Meyer was selected as Springbok team coach on the back of an excellent record with the Bulls. Under him the Bulls won four Currie Cup competitions from 2002 to 2006, and a Super Rugby title in 2007. Since being handed the job as coach in 2012 Meyer has been building his team and the Boks have won 65% of their games. Under Meyer the Springbok team has failed to win a Rugby Championship title and he will be eager to bag his first big trophy at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Springbok Team Group B Matches

19 September  vs Japan at 17:45
26 September vs Samoa at 17:45
3 October vs Scotland at 17:45
7 October vs USA at 17:45

Sources:
SA Rugby World Cup Special Edition
Supersport.com

 

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Team Building Quotes From Walt Disney

Team Building Quotes From Walt Disney

Walt Disney was an American entrepreneur, cartoonist, animator, voice actor, and film producer. He is regarded as a cultural icon throughout the world. Walt Disney was a prominent figure within the American animation industry, known for his influence and contributions to entertainment during the 20th century. Together with his brother he was cofounder of The Walt Disney Company. Walt Disney won 22 Academy Awards and four honorary Academy Awards from a total of 59 nominations. When he passed away at age 65, Walt Disney left behind a vast legacy, including numerous animated shorts and feature films, theme parks and an animation studio that bears his name.

We have put together a collection of quotes from Walt Disney which you can use to motive and build your team:

“I have been up against tough competition all my life. I wouldn’t know how to get along without it.”
– Walt Disney

“When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable.”
– Walt Disney

“Of all of our inventions for mass communication, pictures still speak the most universally understood language.”
– Walt Disney

“If you can dream it, you can do it.”
– Walt Disney

“We have created characters and animated them in the dimension of depth, revealing through them to our perturbed world that the things we have in common far outnumber and outweigh those that divide us.”
– Walt Disney

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”
– Walt Disney

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”
– Walt Disney

“Of all the things I’ve done, the most vital is coordinating those who work with me and aiming their efforts at a certain goal.”
– Walt Disney

“You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.”
– Walt Disney

“You reach a point where you don’t work for money.”
– Walt Disney

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”
– Walt Disney

“All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me… You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.”
– Walt Disney

“I do not like to repeat successes, I like to go on to other things.”
– Walt Disney

“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”
– Walt Disney

“Times and conditions change so rapidly that we must keep our aim constantly focused on the future.”
– Walt Disney

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Team Building Quotes From Albert Einstein

Team Building Quotes From Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist. He developed the general theory of relativity, which is one of the pillars of modern physics. Einstein received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics for his services to theoretical physics, in particular his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect. Einstein published 150 non-scientific works along with his more than 300 scientific papers. In modern day languages the word “Einstein” is synonymous with “genius”, which is a remarkable tribute to his intellectual achievements.

The following are some quotes from Albert Einstein which you can use to motivate and build your team:

“You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.”
– Albert Einsteina

“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”
– Albert Einstein

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.”
– Albert Einsteina

“Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person.”
– Albert Einstein

“A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be.”
– Albert Einstein

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”
– Albert Einstein

“The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.”
– Albert Einstein

“The high destiny of the individual is to serve rather than to rule.”
– Albert Einstein

“Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.”
– Albert Einstein

“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”
– Albert Einstein

“The value of a man should be seen in what he gives and not in what he is able to receive.”
– Albert Einstein

“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”
– Albert Einstein

“There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.”
– Albert Einstein

“The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.”
– Albert Einstein

“Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.”
– Albert Einstein

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
– Albert Einstein

“I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.”
– Albert Einstein

“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.”
– Albert Einstein

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”
– Albert Einstein

“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.”
– Albert Einstein

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The Importance of Vision for Team Leaders

The Importance of Vision for Team Leaders

Vision is essential to the success of all team leaders. The vision paints the target for the team and leads the leader. It fuels the fire of the leader’s passion and draws the leader forward. Leaders without vision cannot go anywhere.

Related: Leadership Outcome Based Team Building Activities

Vision Starts Within The Leader

Vision is not something you can buy or borrow. Vision has to come from within. If you lack vision in your leadership, look within and draw on you natural gifts and desires. If you still do not sense a vision of your own, look to partner with a leader whose vision resonates with you.

Vision Draws On Your Past

Vision is not something that just magically appears out of nothing. Vision grows from the past of the leader and the history of those people that surround them. You are likely to find that all successful leaders have key events in their past that were instrumental in the creation of their vision.

Vision Meets The Needs Of Others

True vision will go beyond what one individual can accomplish. A big vision does more than just include others, it adds value to them. A vision that does not serve others is likely too small.

Vision Helps You Gather Resources

Vision acts like a magnet to attract resources. Your vision will attract, challenge and unite people. It will also rally finances and other resources that the vision requires. The greater the vision, the more winners it has the potential of attracting. The more challenging the vision, the harder the team will fight to achieve this.

The Voices of Vision

The Inner Voice. Vision should always start from within. What stirs your heart, what do you dream about? You will not be able to accomplish a vision that does not come from a deep desire within yourself. It needs to be based on who you are and what you believe.

The Unhappy Voice. Experiencing or noticing what does not work, is often the inspiration for great ideas. A discontentment with how things are currently can be excellent breeding ground for birthing a vision.

The Successful Voice. Great things are never accomplished alone. A big vision needs a big team to accomplish it. To grow as a leader, you need advice from someone ahead of you in the leadership journey. You need a mentor if you intend to lead others to greatness.

How Team Leaders Can Improve Their Vision

Measure Yourself. If you have previously written down a vision for yourself, measure how well you are carrying it out. Speak to key people close to you and ask them what they think is your vision. If they can articulate it, then it is likely that you are living out your vision.

Write Down Your Vision. If you have only previously thought about your vision but never wrote it down, take the time to write it down today. Writing helps to clarify your thinking. After writing it down, evaluate your vision and decide if it is worthy of your life’s best, and then pursue it with all you got.

 

Resource: The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader

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The Importance of Being Teachable for Team Leaders

 The Importance of Being Teachable for Team Leaders

Team leaders that have had some achievements face the danger of contentment. If you already possess influence and have achieved a level of respect, why should you keep growing? The truth is that your growth determines who you are, who you are determines who you attract and who you attract determines your success.

Related: Leadership Outcome Based Team Building Activities

Guidelines to Help You Develop and Maintain a Teachable Attitude

Beware of Destination Disease.
Lack of being teachable is often rooted in achievement. Team leaders often make the error of thinking that if they accomplish a particular goal they no longer have to grow. If you want to be an effective leader that makes an impact on people, you cannot afford to think that way. If you stop growing you are not only forfeiting your own potential but also the potential of your team.

Overcome Your Success.
Success is often the cause of a lack of being teachable. What gets you to the top will not necessary keep you there. If you still think that what you did in the past is big, it simply means you have not done much today.

Avoid Taking Shortcuts.
Shortcuts often end up being the longest distance between two points. Anything worthwhile doing has a price attached to it. If you want to grow in a certain area, figure out the price to pay and be determined to pay it.

Let Go of Your Pride.
Team leaders that are teachable are people who are willing to admit they do not know everything. If you are to keep growing, you have to be prepared to make mistakes. You cannot be prideful and teachable at the same time. To grow, you need to give up your pride.

Never Pay Twice for The Same Mistake.
You cannot progress without making mistakes along the way. But the team leader that keeps making the same mistakes is not making any progress. While you should forget your mistakes and move on, never forget what those mistakes taught you.

How Team Leaders Can Become More Teachable

Observe Your Reaction to Your Mistakes.
Observe how you react when you make a mistake. Do you admit your mistakes, apologize when appropriate or are you defensive. Get an honest opinion from a trusted friend. If you react badly to your mistake or do not react at all, you will have to work on being more teachable.

Try Something New.
Stretch yourself mentally, emotionally or physically by trying something new. Challenges change people for the better. If you are serious about growing as a leader, you will have to make new challenges part of your daily activities.

Learn in Your Area of Strength.
Read books on leadership and your field of specialization. Continuing to learn in the area where you are already an expert, prevents you from becoming jaded.

Resource: The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader

 

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Team Building Quotes From Dale Carnegie

Team Building Quotes From Dale Carnegie

Dale Carnegie was an American author and lecturer. He was also a developer of famous courses in self-improvement, salesmanship, corporate training, public speaking and interpersonal skills. He was the author of popular books such as How to Win Friends and Influence People, How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, Lincoln the Unknown and several other books. His books are mostly centered on the concept that it is possible to change other people’s behavior by changing one’s behavior toward them.

The following are some quotes from Dale Carnegie that you can use to build your team.

“Instead of worrying about what people say of you, why not spend time trying to accomplish something they will admire.”
– Dale Carnegie

“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”
– Dale Carnegie

“You never achieve success unless you like what you are doing.”
– Dale Carnegie

“Today is life-the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today. Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto.”
– Dale Carnegie

“The person who seeks all their applause from outside has their happiness in another’s keeping.”
– Dale Carnegie

“Our fatigue is often caused not by work, but by worry, frustration and resentment.”
– Dale Carnegie

“One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.”
– Dale Carnegie

“The only way to get the best of an argument is to avoid it.”
– Dale Carnegie

“Are you bored with life? Then throw yourself into some work you believe in with all your heart, live for it, die for it, and you will find happiness that you had thought could never be yours.”
– Dale Carnegie

“If you believe in what you are doing, then let nothing hold you up in your work. Much of the best work of the world has been done against seeming impossibilities. The thing is to get the work done.”
– Dale Carnegie

“If you want to be enthusiastic, act enthusiastic.”
– Dale Carnegie

“Remember happiness doesn’t depend upon who you are or what you have; it depends solely on what you think.”
– Dale Carnegie

“Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.”
– Dale Carnegie

“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.”
– Dale Carnegie

“You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.”
– Dale Carnegie

“Don’t be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.”
– Dale Carnegie

“Do the thing you fear to do and keep on doing it… that is the quickest and surest way ever yet discovered to conquer fear.”
– Dale Carnegie

“You can close more business in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get people interested in you.”
– Dale Carnegie

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The Importance of Responsibility for Team Leaders

The Importance of Responsibility for Team Leaders

These days it seems people focus more on their rights than their responsibilities. Effective team leaders never embrace a victim mentality. They recognize that who and where they are in life remain their responsibility. They face whatever life throws at them, and they give it their best. Remember that failure to hit the bull’s eye is never the fault of the target. To hit the target you need to improve your aim, and you can only improve your aim by improving yourself.

Related: Leadership Outcome Based Team Building Activities

Characteristics of Team Leaders Who Embrace Responsibility

They get the Job done. As a team leader, you cannot do the minimum but yet expect to reach your maximum potential. If you are an employee, one way you can maintain a get-it-done attitude is by thinking of yourself as self-employed. This approach will help you achieve more and build credibility with your team.

They are willing to go the extra mile. Responsible team leaders never protest that something is not their job. They are ready to do whatever it takes to complete the work needed by their organization. If you want to succeed as a leader, you have to be willing to put the needs of the organization above your agenda.

They are driven by excellence. Excellence is always a great motivator. Responsible leaders desire excellence and work hard to achieve it. Make high quality your goal and responsibility will follow naturally.

They produce regardless of the situation. The ultimate quality of a responsible team leader is the ability to finish. A leader who takes responsibility, finish and follows through to the final details is a leader that will be a success more often than not. They are leaders to whom you can entrust an assignment knowing it will be efficiently and conscientiously completed.

How Team Leaders Can Improve Their Responsibility

Keep hanging in there. An inability to deliver in difficult circumstances could be due to a persistence problem. Next time when you find yourself in a situation where it looks like you are going to fail, stop and figure out a way to succeed. Think outside the lines. Creativity can often help to bring responsibility to life.

Set higher standards. You may have difficulty achieving merely because you have lowered your standards. Make changes to set higher standards. Reset the bar of excellence for yourself.

Find better tools. If you are still not achieving the success the way you want to, you may need to better equip yourself. Improve your skills by taking classes, reading books and listening to DVD’s. Find a mentor, do whatever it takes to become better at what you do.

 

Resource: The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader

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The Importance of Relationships for Team Leaders

The Importance of Relationships for Team Leaders

How are your people skills? If your relational skills are weak, your leadership will suffer. To be an effective team leader, the ability to work with people is essential. You may have people skills and not be a good leader, but you cannot be a good leader without people skills.

Related: Leadership Outcome Based Team Building Activities

Cultivate and Manage Solid Relationships as a Team Leader

Understand Your Team Members To be an effective relational leader you need to develop the ability to understand how people feel and think. It is important to understand that most people have the following things in common:

  • People like to feel special, look for opportunities to sincerely compliment them.
  • People want a brighter future, give them hope.
  • People desire direction, navigate for them.
  • People are inherently selfish, speak to their needs first.
  • People experience emotional lows, encourage them.
  • People want to succeed, help them win.

Treat each team member as an individual; understand them and connect with them. Be wary not to treat all your team members the same. Adapt your leadership style to the person you are leading.

Love People Leadership is about more than just wanting to lead. To be an effective team leader you have to have empathy for others and find the best in people. You will not be the type of leader that your team wants to follow unless you love people.

Help People Your team will respect you as their leader if you keep their interests in mind. Focus on what you can put into your team and not what you can get out of your team. Love and respect are the foundation for building solid relationships.

How Team Leaders Can Improve Their Relationships

Improve Your Mind
If you need to improve your ability to understand people you can start by reading several books on the subject. Then spend more time observing people and applying what you have learnt.

Strengthen Your Heart
If you find that you are not as caring towards others as you should, you need to take the focus of yourself. Find things you can do for others that will add value to their life. Do not wait until you feel like helping others, act your way into feeling.

Repair a Hurting Relationship
Do want you can to restore a long term relationship that has faded. Get in touch with the person and try to reconnect. If there was a falling out, take responsibility for your part and apologize. Try to better understand, love and serve that person.

 

Resource: The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader

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