Let’s Huddle



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Most every team sport huddles together several times in a game.  Players get in close, wrap their arms around each other and talk strategy, design a play or just take a breath.  It is one of the most important team actions in a game.  A player will tell you that a huddle is a moment away from the action, the cheering crowd and pressure of the game.  A coach will huddle up his players to give out accolades, criticism or to gauge how his players are doing.  A huddle is sacred, no one can break the huddle and the team bonds in a huddle.  Most every huddle has a leader whether it is the coach, quarterback, point guard, etc.  The leader who gives instruction, sets the tone for the game and also breaks the huddle.

At work, I would say the huddle has been replaced with the staff meeting. Co-workers sit around a table, exchange ideas, and discuss strategy.  The boss will use the staff meeting to execute plans, praise or criticize and get a read on their staff.  While a team will huddle 2-4 times a game, an office staff may only meet once a week.

What is said in a huddle or staff meeting can make the difference in the game or strategy.  A coach or boss who uses the huddle/meeting to praise and support their team will see positive results.  If the huddle/meeting talk is all negative, the team will respond negatively as well.

I think offices could use the ‘huddle’ more in their culture.  In addition to the weekly staff meeting, start a Friday ‘rah rah’ meeting where co-workers who can attend talk about what went well that week, celebrating the wins.  Throw in a few high fives or fist bumps and you have the making of great team bonding.

A huddle doesn’t have to be with a team of people it could be with only two people.  Managers should consider ‘huddling’ with their staff one on one more to get a genuine feel of how that person is doing.  Remember, not everyone can talk in a large huddle which means some folks don’t get a voice at all.  No matter how big or small your team is, don’t forget to huddle up once in a while and come up with new ideas or just take stock of how your team is doing.

Go Team! Break!