We all know about the importance of a mutual purpose and clear goals to enhance teamwork.  Here's a few easy tips to use that sense of 'team' as a way to improve individual performance:

  • Use the social bonds within the team to influence their behavior.
  • Encourage team members to work hard, change behavior or take on tasks not as a way to please you, but so that they don't let everyone else down.
  • Over time, if you don’t jump in to fix situations, you will notice other team members correcting each other and providing feedback to their colleagues.
  • To see this in action, watch the men's gymnastic team or synchronized diving.  Watch their reactions when they let the TEAM down.  Yikes, that's pressure!