Chapter 7

Can you and your team execute?

Team domains

What makes a sports team successful? It depends upon the sport. For most teams, the need for talented, conditioned, well-trained athletes and a competent coaching staff are obvious requirements. Yet, beyond these fundamental criteria, no two sports have the same critical success factors.

Take, for example, basketball, football and polo. Successful basketball teams must have players with the hand–eye coordination to shoot the ball accurately. Having tall players doesn’t hurt, either, of course.

On the other hand, football (soccer) is played largely with the feet, so hand–eye coordination doesn’t matter ...

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