Team Culture in the Workplace


What makes a good sporting team? What makes a good team in the workplace? There are so many overlapping elements between these two groups.

New Zealand has one of the most successful teams of this decade, the All Blacks. Boasting a 77% winning streak (429/ 557 test matches), they are a force to be reckoned with. The All Blacks aren’t just lucky. They create team culture and follow it to a T. Below are a few practices and values of the All Blacks that can be applied to your workplace and make your team stronger.

People are made to feel welcome

We typically spend a third of our lives working. Why not go that extra mile to learn about your fellow colleagues just like you would get to know your teammates. Not only can you improve your language through interaction, but you will also make friends and build your professional network. You may even learn a thing or two about a new culture and other skills and it will help you work together more effectively as a team.

High expectations of standards and behaviour

In the Australian workplace, you are expected to know what is right and what is wrong. If you are unsure, you can always ask a team member, however you are only doing what they think is right and wrong. Instead, look to the actions of the leaders or multiple team members of your organisation and watch how they set the tone and lead by example. Why not take the next step and apply these learnings to your own practices, or even start leading by example.

Development - The desire to get better

There is always a new product, software or a way of doing things differently. Staying on top can prove to be quite difficult, but this can be the difference between getting ‘ahead of the game or staying on the sideline’. Be observant and look for opportunities to improve yourself professionally. The better you are, the more you can contribute to the team.


When you ask someone, ‘What makes someone successful?’ what is often the response? Luck! Does luck exist or do we create our own luck? Success is a relative term and really depends on the attitude and goals of the individual or team. We all have to start somewhere and if your starting point is an internship, you should take the time to establish your own goals and involve yourself in the goals and vision of the team. If you aren’t offered a position after your internship, it is not all lost! Think about the relationships that you have built. Establishing networks is a success in itself and you may find in the future you could possibly run into your old mentor when applying for other jobs!

Standards and processes

All sporting teams and companies have standards and practices that team members are required to follow. Does your workplace review these and how often do team members live by these values? This is something the All Blacks (and other sporting teams) do on a regular basis to ensure that the scope is still relevant.

Encourage your team to do the same and create standards and practices that follow current culture and provide guidelines for workplace values. This could be as simple as sharing kitchen duties to instil team contribution or allowing individuals of religious backgrounds to celebrate various holidays to acknowledge cultural diversity.

These are just some ideas what separates a good team from a great team. Whether on the field or in the workplace, everyone is working towards a common goal. It is important to work together, so make it your own and do what you can to bring out the best in your team!


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