Posted on: December 1st, 2011 by Jen Mueller

Do any of these sentiments sound familiar?

“We’re just not on the same page”

“We’re still getting used to each other.”

“This team is loaded with talent, but lacks chemistry.”

 

Jen Mueller, CEOThose statements could be describing a situation in your workplace or with your colleagues – but they are actually taken out of articles describing the Philadelphia Eagles.

Before the season started, the Eagles loaded up on impressive free agent talent, set their sites on a Super Bowl and even dubbed themselves the Dream Team.   On paper they looked like world-beaters.    In reality, they had won just 4 games heading into a Thursday night matchup against Seattle.

 

So what happened?

Some of the blame falls on coaching and leadership, injuries have played a role as well.  But it’s not the whole story.  The team is putting up monster numbers.  In fact, the Eagles offense is on pace to set records for the most yards of total offense in team history.  They’re being productive and moving the ball down the field, but they’re not scoring points and they’re not winning.

 

In other words, the Eagles are working hard, spinning their wheels, not getting results and suffering not from a lack of talent but a lack of chemistry.

 

Does that sound familiar?

Building chemistry is key in building successful teams in business and in football.  Assemble the most talented people doesn’t automatically translate to success.  Those people need to learn to work together, trust each other and play within the framework of team goals.  They need chemistry.

 

And you can’t possibly build chemistry without communication.  Talking to your co-workers and teammates is key in that process.  Take time to engage and converse today.  It doesn’t need to be hours of conversation at a time.  Good communication skills can come in short exchanges.

 

If you need help getting started, or want to avoid 10 communication mistakes that will undermine your business success, sign up here. 

 

America's Expert TalkerJen Mueller, America’s Expert Talker, is the Founder and CEO of Talk Sporty to Me and a sports broadcaster in Seattle.  She helps business professionals engage in more productive conversations and shows how sports conversations level the playing field and lead to more business opportunities. Jen is available to speak for keynotes, presentations and workshops.  Contact jen@talksportytome.com for more information and read more at http://talksportytome.com