Player Ownership and Responsibilities

Team players must take responsibility and ownership of their actions. They should be consulted in how to innovate and improve things. Their ideas should be heard. Brainstorming with the whole team is very effective. Ideas from team members should be encouraged. These ideas may need to be vetted by management but if they are ideas that will be implemented it is important that team members are consulted on how to implement and structure these changes. It is always good if team members present their ideas and are responsible in implementing them while being fully supported by the management.  In high performing teams the players are as knowledgeable of the game as the management and it is the coach’s job to empower the players to make decisions as it is the players who have to make the decisions in the height of pressure during the match. Management need to empower team members.

In a high performance team, even in business, the team members need to make decisions and take responsibility. They need to be given the opportunities and given the responsibilities to make calculated, educated decisions and take ownership. They need to be supported in these decisions and not be persecuted if the decision was wrong but they were brave enough to make that decision especially when no-one else would. It’s better to make the right or wrong decision than do nothing. In a team you may win or lose depending on whether you make the correct decision or not but if you don’t do anything you are guaranteed to fail.

Coaches/Managers have to be of the attitude that they are responsible in preparing and supporting their players to the best of their ability and if a player under performs the coach has to take ownership of this and say why did that player not perform, what must I improve on to up that players performance. In essence the coach cannot be happy to blame his player for the players bad performance but to reflect on what he, the coach, could have done better or needs to do better to improve the player. The coach/team leader/boss/manager has to look at all possibilities. (Technical, tactical, specialist, emotional, mental, physical, psychological strengths and weaknesses, knowledge, skills and attributes of the player/employee and himself). The coach needs to then empower the player to change and give him the time, coaching, expertise and resources to do so.

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