March Madness: Criteria for Building a Winning Team

Some say the key to a winning team is outside shooting. Some say it’s a consistent inside game. Some even say that the team with the most dunks wins (see: Phi Slama Jama). All of the above can be true or not true at all. What a winning team formula really boils down to is the right team chemistry. From what I remember from chemistry class, it’s the composition, properties and behaviors of blending different elements. The chemistry that will determine winning teams on and off the court is a team’s Culturational Chemistry. We talked about this theory yesterday and Culturational Chemistry is simply defined as this… Multicultural + Multigenerational = Culturational.

We live in a society that is getting more and more diverse with each generation and the current Millennial generation (1981-2000) is the most racially, culturally and ethnically diverse generation in U.S. History. Millennial’s not only make up the rosters of every team participating in March Madness, but they make up all of the young professionals that have entered the workforce in the last 10 years. They also make up the talent that will be entering the workforce over the next 10 years. Those in positions of leadership on college campuses, sports programs and even executive boardrooms all tend to be Generation X’ers and/or Baby Boomers. This cultural and generational diversity provides a unique set of challenges that are best addressed by those who embrace diversity and create cultures of integration and inclusion.

The process for building strong Culturational Chemistry among teams…

  1. Prepare – Determine what success looks like for your team and explore your diverse needs with the unique skills, knowledge and experiences required to compete in the New Era of a Multifaceted, Multicultural, Multigenerational landscape.
  2. Perform – Build a cross disciplinary team of leaders, coaches, trainers, strategists, tacticians and support system that understands and compliments your diverse talent pool and put in the work.
  3. Prevail – Assemble the right mix of talent for optimum output and bring home the gold!

Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships. -Michael Jordan

Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success. – Henry Ford

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