To build a strong team, whether that team concept is applied to a sport, family or business, individuals must subscribe to the principle of putting the team first. Each must be willing to make occasional personal sacrifices, respect one another and share the credit for the greater good of all. The team’s mission must be outlined and understood through clearly defined goals. Individual strengths must be identified and appropriate roles assigned. Responsibility and accountability must be accepted. Ideas, suggestions, reasoned criticisms and questions must be encouraged.
Those with experience must be willing to teach and assist beginners. Everyone commits to doing his or her individual and collective best to work to a high standard and, in a game, to better the competition and win. This requires a program of continuing education, practice and testing. When mistakes are made or games lost, the team must pull together to leave the past behind and move on to new challenges.