Over the next few weeks we are going to dive deeper into what makes a Championship Team and what separates it from an ordinary team and how it outperforms a “high performing team” on every level.
In a three part series we will examine the seven critical components, the eight key differentiators, and the nine fundamental characteristics of a Championship Team.
But first, let me share with you my definition of a Championship Team so that we all have the same understanding of what we are building:
“A Championship Team is a group of individuals, systems, ideals, and resources working seamlessly and effectively to achieve the highest level of success in their respective field or endeavor.” To be clear, people are a part of a Championship Team but there is so much more to it than that.
Today we will start with the outline of Part 1: the Seven Critical Components of a Championship Team. In future posts we will explore each item individually until we have built the entire framework of your very own Championship Team.
Part 1: The seven critical components
Below I have outlined the Seven Critical Components of a Championship Team. They are listed in a general order of implementation.
1. Game Plan (MVV Leadership)
The Game Plan represents the mission, vision, and values set forth by leadership, providing a clear path for the organization to follow towards achieving its goals. It serves as the foundational strategy that informs all other aspects of the team’s operation.
2. Rule book (Policies)
The rule book is the definition of how we win the game. This encompasses the policies that define the operational boundaries, ethical standards, and regulatory compliance. Like a sports rule book, it ensures fairness, integrity, and consistency in all team actions.
3. Play book (Processes)
The play book contains all of the plays that the business calls to uphold or adhere to the rules of the game. It consists of the processes that outline how tasks are executed, strategies implemented, and objectives achieved. This playbook ensures that the team operates cohesively and efficiently, with clear steps to follow for success.
4. Positions (Roles and responsibilities)
Positions of the team contains all of the specific roles and responsibilities assigned to team members, ensuring that everyone knows their position, duties, and how they contribute to the team’s success.
5. Players (Team members)
Players are the Champion team members on the field. The right individuals for the team bring the right skills and strengths, and they fit into the team culture and dynamics.
6. Equipment (Technology, tools and resources)
Equipment can be considered the winning technology, tools, and resources of the team and it emphasizes the critical role of technology, tools, and resources in empowering the team, enhancing performance, and achieving competitive advantage.
7. Scoreboard (KPIs and OKRs)
Finally, the Scoreboard is considered our “Metrics of Victory”. This refers to the key performance indicators (KPIs) and objectives and key results (OKRs) that measure progress, performance, and success. It’s how the team keeps score, tracks achievements, and identifies areas for improvement.
Next week we will define #1 the Game Plan in detail.