In 1985, I tried my first attempt at college and organized an intramural basketball team at the University of Houston. I recruited 10 men who obtained their experience from their high school leveled basketball teams. As a first time coach and recruiter, I recognized that these 10 men had the talent and drive to win. Each man understood their role, was a team player, and grasped that it was not about them but instead about the team. Babe Ruth once stated, “The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.”
We had unity, chemistry, and synergy. In one of our first meetings I stated that our goal was to win the championship and nothing less. As the leader of the team, I led with a winning attitude and casted a vision that showed that we could win. Not only did we win the championship, we went undefeated and ended the season with a 13-0 record. This team didn’t have a famous name, a superstar on the team, and no one individual contributed more than the other; it was truly a team effort. Patrick Lencioni stated, “It is teamwork that remains the ultimate competitive advantage, both because it is so powerful and so rare.” In my years of leading many different teams, I have observed that teams who work well together always position themselves to win.