Lessons in team building - from college

College Sports - Teamwork lessons

It's easy to overdo sports analogies in team building, but truthfully, college team sports do teach some pretty amazing lessons.

Like: Since college athletes graduate (or, sooner, move on to the draft), team members rotate every season. Thus: No member of a team is indispensable.

And: even superstars (like Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel or University of Washington's Austin Sefarian-Jenkins) must abide by the same rules as everyone else - or you don't get to play.

Or: the team is only as strong as its weakest link. Even the unlikeliest among your competition will exploit your weaknesses. (Right, Oregon State Beavers?).

When a player makes a mistake, will that player's team mates be there to fill the gap?

As coming weeks pass and teams develop new stars or suffer injuries to existing ones, lineups will change. Will the next player in line be up to the task? Does every team have a capable backup? Will the coach (management) reward the new star's performance with a promotion to the starting job?

What lessons do you draw for your team?

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