I coached high school basketball for eighteen years and I always thought one of the biggest challenges was simply acquiring information to make good decisions. As any experienced leader will
tell you, you need honest information from every stakeholder to make the right decisions that can ultimately make or break a season. This is also one of the most rewarding parts of coaching, as
every team is different, with different personalities, different strengths and different weaknesses. With this in mind, I created a framework that helps eliminate assumptions and speculation about a team and helps define and measure the components for team success.
Everyone reflects at the conclusion of a season. Nevertheless, in my experience, it is more powerful to define expectations in the beginning, and then reflect with your team periodically throughout the season. I have certainly been guilty of poor reflection. I know one season we determined that our team lacked TOUGHNESS. Moreover, when the season concluded we concluded, “ya, it wasn’t a very tough group”. Well, that was a complete failure on my part because we should have been doing toughness drills every day until we were physically and mentally tough enough to compete at a high level. To further the example. Let’s say this same group was very weak at defending ball screens. Well, we could work on that skill all day but if the players lack TOUGHNESS, FOCUS,
COMMUNICATION or DETERMINATION, they may never excel at defending ball screens. However, if you as a coach have identified those components as weaknesses and you are working on them
daily, you will find that teaching how to defend ball screens will eventually become a strength for your
Another example at a higher level was witnessing John Calipari redefine roles for his 2018 Kentucky team. After winning the conference tournament and before the NCAA tournament he commented about how his team simply did not know their roles midway through the year. He explained how they went back to the drawing board and started to assign and re-assign roles for everyone. As a result, Kentucky began to roll. When Coach Calipari casually gave this interview, he did not say his star players had to redefine their roles, he said, “ALL players had to redefine their role”. This falls into the SELFLESSNESS component as it describes how every role on the team has value. Great coaches already value all eighteen components in the team evaluation, but the tool is simply designed to help organize those important components so they can be easily defined, referenced and used for
evaluation purposes when necessary.
During the evaluation process, I believe that your own team members are your experts and they are actually very receptive to the evaluation. First, it gives ALL players a voice and reminds everyone about the important characteristics of teamwork. More importantly, players appreciate an evaluation process that values the things that will make a successful team, successful business and empower their life in the future. This helps every team member find a way to contribute to achieving team goals because the evaluation is not about talent, it’s about teamwork.
The Team Evaluation Framework is designed to help teams define, organize and measure the essential characteristics for team success. It includes eighteen components that are divided into three domains: VALUES, which is who you are and what you are becoming. TEAMWORK , is what you are doing to make your team successful. And, COMPETITION is how you compete for the team.
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