Another Approach In Order To Build a Successful Team


Last year I’ve been following the “Club Manager Seminar” because I wanted to see how the mangers from different sport clubs across Europe approach their work. It has been a great experience.

Last week, from 1st to 3rd of June, the seminar took place again in Cologne, Germany. It has been an honour for me to be invited as a speaker. The theme of this year was “focus on the player”.

With my presentation “ Another approach in order to build a successful team”, I want people be aware that exists another approach that thru their work and thru their position they can touch the lives of many other people.

Here are few ideas from my presentation.

What do you need to do in order to build a successful team?

(ex: to get good players, to get sponsors, to get a good coach / write down everything you may need or have)

Now, after you complete the list, take a moment and read the question again.
This is the answer!

Hold space for your team.

Is this ring a bell? (take a moment and think of it)
Let me explain what mean to hold space.

To hold space means that we are willing to walk alongside another in whatever journey they are on, without judging them, making them feel inadequate, tying to fix them, or trying to impact the outcome.

A space is a place of potential, a place where things can happen and a place where something can expand.
Together, “holding space” encompasses some very important concepts. To hold space is to create and maintain a place where things can exist, expand and grow.

Holding space is also validating the other’s experience, not necessarily with words, but with attainment.
Holding space for your team means that you put the team in the centre of your focus, priority and centre of attention.

This are few tips you must be aware of in order to hold space for your team :
1. Be present
2. Practice active listening
3. Keep your own ego out of it
4. Give people permission to trust their own intuition and wisdom.

Now that we know what “holding space” means, there are few important aspect you need to clarify:
The 1st aspect is : Who are your team members?

The 2nd aspect is : Once you know who is your team make sure they know what is your clear common goal, then you can establish their roles, activities and responsibilities.

The 3rd aspect is : Treat your team members as your partners.
The success of any team is a partnership between teammates and leaders. (Stay with this for a few seconds and imagine what that means to you ).

To hold the space for your team also mean that you:

Play to peoples strengths (don’t focus on their weakness)
There can be no greater service you can do to someone else than to help them discover their strengths and then build on them. It is like discovering diamonds in rocks and polishing them until they sparkle.

Help people develop.
One of the best indicators of emotional intelligence is the willingness and ability of a person to help develop others. Those who have this aspect of EI are aware that they can develop others in tandem with developing themselves. They are confident enough in themselves and their own abilities that they will not be threatened by the success of others. They recognise that helping others to achieve their goals is a win-win situation: it makes them feel connected to and invested in others, which in turn enhances a sense of belonging and teamwork.

Lead by example.
Good leaders must lead by example: take responsibility, be truthful, be persistent, create solutions, listen, ask, be courageous, encourage an atmosphere in witch people can focus on their core strengths.

At the 2017 Club Manager Seminar I met people who want to change the sport world and make it better and better.  My message for you is : DO IT!  You have all what is takes to change the world of so many handball players.

With good wishes,

Gabriela Tichelea