By Seth D. Cohen
I recently attended a NFL Football game and I noticed something very interesting. Prior to the start of the game and throughout the game on the sidelines, teammates huddled up on numerous occasions. (I’m not referring to the quarterback calling out the plays to his team) Sometimes it was just the offense getting to together, sometimes it was just the defense and sometimes it was the entire team.
What were they doing in the huddle? Although I didn’t have field passes to get close to the action, I witnessed the following:
- The quarterback was motivating the other players.
- The players would huddle up and put there hands in the air and then in unison scream out something motivational.
- A coach was showing game pictures highlighting what the team did right or wrong during the drive (football term).
Although we don’t know exactly what the players are saying in the huddle, the point of the team huddle is as follows:
- Team members can get focused on the task (or game) ahead.
- Team members can inspire and motivate each other making sure that everyone is operating at the top of their game.
- Team members can celebrate and have fun together.
- It’s an opportunity to coach, teach and develop your team members.
I highly recommend that you take 10-15 minutes each day to huddle up with your team. It’s a great opportunity to get everyone on the same page, to ensure that everyone is motivated and inspired to work and it’s the perfect time to celebrate the amazing work of your team members.
Don’t be afraid to connect with your team members. Find time everyday to huddle up with them to show that you care and that you can only succeed with your team, not as an individual.
P.S. I created a 10-minute huddle agenda that I plan on implementing with my team members. A huddle agenda is a great tool to help keep you focused.
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