Do you make space for level three conversations?

It was day 2 of a 3 day competition. Samantha (Sam) walked over to her friend, Tonya - who coached at a different school - as both of their teams were stretching and warming up.

Tonya asks, "How are you?"

Sam responds (knowing she'd have to get back to her athletes in a matter of minutes), "I'm doing (she paused)...good I guess." 

In reality, she wasn't doing well...and Tonya knew at least some of the background. 

In April, they had been to the same coaching summit and had one of the most pivotal conversations of Sam's coaching career so far.

She hadn't realized how much her and Tonya had in common - until they actually had a chance to talk.

Both been through similar challenges that year with their head coach. Both had been at a crossroads - with decisions they needed to make about a next step along their coaching journey.

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The Insider's Guide to Building Trust on Your Team

Teambuilding begins with trust.

Successful relationships include a certain level of trust. All teams need trust to work together cohesively throughout the course of a season. Laying the groundwork at the beginning of the season is important to the health of your team - from the day to day to the long haul.

This doesn't have to take a whole lot of time. Keep it simple to make it powerful.

Why is trust the foundational element? Patrick Lencioni wrote a book about five dysfunctions of a team: absence of trust, fear of conflict, lack of commitment, avoidance of accountability, and inattention to results.

If a team doesn't trust one another, they'll never get real with each other. If they don't have a healthy level of conflict, then they will never commit to one another. If they never make that commitment, then accountability becomes less important and the results a team works towards become irrelevant.

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