How To Work With Team Units To Improve Culture In Teams

How To Work With Team Units To Improve Culture In Teams

David Charlton

By working with David Charlton, you and your organisation will be better equipped to rise to modern day challenges and better informed to thrive on and off the pitch, course or court.  Where he inspires individuals and teams to:

  • Cope with pressure and challenges more effectively
  • Maintain positive mental health
  • Compete with confidence more often
  • Manage your emotions better
  • Improve your commitments levels

David is a Mental Toughness Practitioner, as well as a Health Care and Professions Council (HCPC) Registered Sport and Exercise Psychologist.  He has successfully supported athletes, teams and organisations for over 10 years in order to ensure that they perform at their maximum more often.

He has a comprehensive knowledge around the development of Mental Toughness, a plastic personality trait, which determines or limits people to deal effectively with change, challenges and stressors.  In today’s climate, during the Coronavirus pandemic this quality is becoming more and more valuable to individuals, teams and organisations. 

Are team development strategies taken seriously in elite sport when viewed from a psycho-social perspective?   

This question was the motivation for my solo episode today where I chat about the use of team units and the benefits of working more closely in team units.  As I share my thoughts and ideas, I refer to some of the key sub-measures of Mental Toughness from Peter Clough’s 4Cs model.

Key Learning Points

  • Purposeful regular team building activities when working with small sub-groups in teams, squads and organisations can have a very positive impact on the overall culture. 
  • Individuals get to know each other better as people, their background, traits and lifestyle improving emotional intelligence across the group. 
  • Regular team building activities should include fun and light-hearted activities, team communication, problem solving and trust building activities.
  • In mental toughness terms, for goal orientation and achievement orientation, players were hugely motivated to achieve team and individual goals, a high degree of accountability also was evident which then meant not many players got sidetracked from the goals that were set.
  • Conflict, and disagreements happened however they was dealt with speedily, resolved and didn’t distract from the collective goals.
  • For learning orientation, there were many opportunities afforded to players to realise their full potential, with less blame and fear imposed. 
  • Closer bonds between players, knowing more about each other as people, helped the group prepare and deal with challenges.

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Relevant Podcast Episodes to Improve Team Culture

Ep111: Michael Caulfield – How to be an Effective Sports Psychologist in Elite Professional Football 

Ep127: Paul Trainor – The Application of Mental Toughness Training in Elite Professional Rugby League

EP147: Aaron Walsh – The Application of Mental Performance Coaching in Elite Professional Rugby

Ep161: Paul Phillips – How to Create a Culture of High Performance in Professional Rugby Union

Ep166: Mark Bennett MBE – How To Help Athletes and Coaches Reflect On Their Performances

Other Relevant Blogs to Benefit Teams

Blog – Why You Should Recognise The Power of Your Words

Blog – Make Better Decisions to Help Your Sport Performance

Blog – 5 Ways to Create a Psychological Safe Sporting Environment

Blog – How Mentally Healthy is Your Club’s Sporting Environment?

Blog – Mental Health Guidance For Coaches When Supporting Athletes

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David Charlton

Best Wishes 

David Charlton

Global Sports Psychologist who is located near Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK and willing to travel Internationally.  David also uses online video conferencing software (Zoom, Facetime, WhatsApp) on a regular basis and has clients who he has supported in USA, Canada, South America, UAE, Australian and New Zealand.  

Managing Director – Inspiring Sporting Excellence and Founder of The Sports Psychology Hub.  With over 10 years experience supporting athletes, coaches, parents and teams to achieve their goals, quickly.   

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