5 Team Building Lessons You Can Learn From a Marching Band

Posted by on Nov 13, 2013 in Leadership, Nonprofit Boards

Band & Drum Major

Today’s post takes a lighthearted look at team building.

Back in the 1990s, we heard a lot about building and managing teams. And we heard phrases like “team player” and “There’s no ‘I’ in team” enough to make us scream.

Or maybe that was just me.

I’ve never seen any magic in the idea of teams. The only reason to create one is because it’s the best solution for the job, not because it’s “standard operating procedure.” Another mistake is assuming a team will get the job done simply because it exists. If you want to know the meaning of the word frustration, just join an ineffective team!

Or maybe that’s just me again.

Do You Really Need a Team?

If the job requires that two or more people coordinate their efforts over weeks or months, you probably need a team.  Otherwise, give the task to someone competent and move on. And while we usually call them committees instead of teams, the same applies to your board of directors.

So, if you need a team and want a team worth having, take a look at this lighthearted little video. It’s football season; so maybe you’ll get a kick out of 5 Team Building Fundamentals You Can Learn From a Marching Band.

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