7 Habits of Highly Successful Teamwork

Over the past 6 months I have planned to adapt the 7 Habits of Highly Successful Teens into my teaching and coaching. This came about by listening to the Leader in Me on audio book in the summer of 2014. My wife, who is a school counselor, and I really were impressed by the direction, order, and standard focus of The Leader in Me schools.

I was so impressed that I immediately started reflecting on how to incorporate it in my teaching. 10 months later and I am ready! Not that it takes ten months to develop but I was finally in a space that I was willing to introduce it, during the second half of my Middle School Boys April/May basketball season.

I asked my players to view this document in Google Classroom and leave their answers as comments for others to see. I then laminated with a chart and kept it with my coaching board so that we can go over reflection questions before,check-in during, and reflect after the game based off different strategies and items discussed.

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This chart includes the following:

Habit 1: Be Proactive: What can we do that they aren’t doing?

Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind: What are the goals we have in this game?

Habit 3: Put First things First: What is an important skill in this game?

Habit 4: Think Win-Win: How can we respect everyone (all players, coaches, and refs)?

Habit 5: Think first to understand, and then be understood: How can we be a good listener during gametime?

Habit 6: Synergize: How can you support the guys out on the court playing?

Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw: If you’re on the bench, how can you prepare for going in?

Players in the Game: Just to Balance things into two rows of four.

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What I learned by using this at our end of the season tournament are two main things:

#1. It helped us develop three main focuses. We wanted to pass the ball well, group rebound, and always communicate. These became focused talking points throughout the tournament.

#2. Especially Habits 1 and Habits 4 added a quick but effective extra talking point with my team. What is one main focus we can do to help us that they aren’t focusing on. And Habit 4, all about respect. As a mater of fact, at the tournament we were recognized not only for being an unselfish team, but also for our class and sportsmanship (a certain topic that there has been some issues with our current conference).

Overall, I have positive reflections. I am happy to use it again in basketball and other sports. I’ll be posting in the future about my ideas about how to have it work with lesson plans.

Have you taken a model like 7 Habits and applied it to your teaching? Please share your experiences in the blog of tweet me @teachAlohaPE

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