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What About Team Captains in the Workplace? Can They Work Like in Sports?

After a recent loss the captain of my favorite professional sports team (the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League) called a private, closed-door, player-only meeting to address the collective under performance of the team without the coaches involved.

In speaking with a prospective client today about raising the bar on the performance of her senior leadership team, I got the idea that it might be a good idea where workplace teams are clearly identified, that they too, choose a team captain.

For the past 7 years in working with my clients’ senior leadership teams we regularly develop Team Agreements that outline specifics of how the team promises to treat each other, and interact to create a high-performing team.

One of the challenges I’ve found with the Team Agreement process after I leave is sometimes the on-going accountability to it dissipates as time moves along.

I’m wondering, if as part of the Team Agreement, the team should also select a team captain that can act as the team leader and be authorized by team members to act in ways that will keep the team on track and performing as promised.

This will do at least two things:

  1. It will make it easier for the team to remain self-accountable without senior leaders needing to address performance.
  2. The team will have a liaison between it and senior leadership to address issues up the ladder

This is just an idea I had, what do you think? Leave a comment below.

Creating a Team Agreement is just one part of a process to create a high-performing work environment that will end workplace drama and begin moving employees to take initiative and eventually ownership of their roles at your company (the roles for which you hired them and are paying them for).

Below are two resources to help you create a high-performing workplace at your small business in 2014:

  1. Download my FREE Report “How to Transform Your Workplace from Drama & Defensiveness to Initiative & Ownership” at
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’til next time, make it a great weekend!

skip weisman, transforming leadership and workplace communication to deliver champion level results

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