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Building Teams --You see it everywhere
Stephanie Tuia



A college football team has it. A corporation has it. Even a growing family has it. These three organizations share a common desire to build their prospective teams. For example, a college football team continually needs to bring in new players to replace the graduating players. A corporation builds its team to help it grow and meet the needs of clients. A young married couple who are having children are building their own family team. Each of these results has a different outcome. In the end, the goal is to work together, help each other, and collectively reach a higher level of performance. Whatever team you are currently involved with, it is surprising at how much organization is needed to build a great team. Furthermore, the following teams have their own equally important approach as to how they successfully build their prospective teams.



First of all, let�s focus on a college football team. Unlike professional sports, coaches have roughly a four-year time period to retain their players. After that period, an athlete�s eligibility is complete due to graduation. In order to fill the void left by graduated players, coaches rely heavily on recruiting new players to continue building the football team. Coaches look for the best athletes who have the capability to surpass those athletes before them, so that they can continue a winning team. Coaches face a challenging role to rebuild their program, depending on their previous team�s success. At the end of the football season, coaches must take the initiative to re-build their team each year to fill vacancies so their team can move forward again.

During college, I interned for a public relations firm, and on my first day, my supervisor welcomed me with an e-mail that read, Welcome to the team! At first, I felt that only organized athletics reserved the right to use the word team. On a mature level, I�ve realized companies stay healthy when they implement a team-like atmosphere in the workplace. Being on a team brings out motivation and competition in employees, and also helps them to unite, identify their roles on the team, and produce stronger results. I�ve attended many career sessions and with every employer I�ve met, they have emphasized their desire to hire college graduates to join their team. Like a college sports team, an employer needs to recruit prospective candidates to fulfill roles in their company.

Many companies utilize employees as team members because it is a fitting approach when they are competing in an industry. For example, popular competing organizations such as Pepsi and Coca-Cola use the team approach in the workplace. The work environment at Pepsi might have some teams who are directly competing against some rival teams at Coca-Cola. This competition and approach is healthy because it energizes employees to become active team members and promoters for their brand. As mentioned before, being on a team helps members to identify their individual roles in the company and along with motivating them in a competing industry.

You can apply team building skills in any organization. For example, universities that are accepting incoming freshmen will want candidates who will help maintain or even raise the academic standards for greater respect and reputation of their school. Those freshmen are building the university team to improve performance and image. Finally, a chairman will seek out candidates to fulfill his board to bring in fresh ideas and insight to his committee. The chairman is simply building his team for support. In any circumstance, building teams will build a foundation for any organization that wants to progress and move forward. With a purpose and vision to improve your organization, building your own team and improving team interaction will help you achieve outstanding results.

About the Author

Stephanie Tuia is a Client Account Specialist with 10x Marketing � More Visitors. More Buyers. More Revenue. For more information on building teams, visit CMOE.


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Kenya Broadcasting Corporation - Controversy surrounds the much-hyped ODM peace-building trip to London as fresh details begin to emerge. As some presidential hopefuls maintain the trip is meant for team building between the aspirants, others cry foul. Speaking exclusively to KBC ...

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Building teamwork, recipe by recipe

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It's Ryan's team

Buffalo News - Ryan Miller knew it the moment he saw Martin Biron packing his bags. The Buffalo Sabres' crease - the one Miller had to share with two other goaltenders not long ago - was all his. For an organization whose team-building philosophy is to start at the ...

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The Manager Minute

Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel - Team-building practice: Getting together every morning, we talk about what is on our plate for the day, we talk about how it went the day before, how it could have gone better, what our successes were and we encourage each other. Conflict resolution ...

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Toronto Star - The findings, by the Los Angeles-based Josephson Institute, fly in the face of the most widely held view of athletics: that it builds strong character, honesty and team-building skills. Those who make their living from such activities say those ...

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Camp Ella J. Logan

Evening Star - Featured Activities: Aquatic activities, archery, arts and crafts, canoeing, horseback riding (Western and English), kayaking, leadership development, nature/environmental studies, sailing, team building and swamp romping Other Activities: Boating ...

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Kendall center's lease not renewed

Herald News - In recent years, about 9,100 students have visited the center annually for environmental studies programs, team-building activities, hikes and orienteering courses. The loss of its building is the second recent setback for the Kendall center, which ...

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Students lead away from bullying

Greensburg Daily News - John Deckard conducted the sessions on developing initiatives and facilitating team building activities. Deckard is with The Tributary Circle, an agency that specializes in developing youth leadership through experiential education. The team has ...

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Howard Education Notes

Baltimore Sun - The camp will also offer swimming, athletics, dance, a talent show and team-building activities. The cost is $495. Financial assistance is available. Applications are available in guidance offices at middle schools and at www.womensgivingcircle.org ...

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