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Strong Teams Have Chemistry!

One of my favorite teams of all times would have to be the Detroit Pistons 2004 Championship Team....Chauncey Billups, Ben Wallace, Rasheed Wallace, Richard Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince, and, of course, Coach Larry Brown. It still amazes me how these five players came together to create absolute magic and synergy on the court. There was no one stand-out or star player. They were all stars in their own right and played an integral part to the overall team success. The magic that they created and, subsequently, won a championship with is what we know as "chemistry." The perfect mix of differing elements to create one explosive composition is the goal of a strong team. What we can learn from that professional basketball team are three important lessons: (1) Play your position in a way that supports the team and does not "upstage" it. Each of those five players used their unique talents to play their positions in an authentic way. While Hamilton was an amazing shooting guard, he left the "big shots" to Chauncey Billups. (2) Acknowledge and respect good, sound leadership. Any of the five aforementioned players would sing the praises of Coach Larry Brown to this day. They have said that he supported, encouraged, and critiqued them with a genuine care and concern for them individually and collectively. Finally, (3) Create a vision and goal for your team that reaches far beyond the limitations others set. The Pistons shocked the world when they triumphed over Kobe and Shaq's Lakers Team. Billups was quoted as saying, "We knew we had what it takes.....even when others doubted us!" Today, enter your collaborative experience (whether at work, home, within a social organization) with those three lessons in mind. Creating the right combination of individual elements may take some time, but once that mix is just right; you have a team that is sure to win big! #teambuilding #softskills #softskillsdevelopment #professionaldevelopment #leadership #newblogpost #blogger #blogher

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