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Dink and Dunk for Masterful Team

A great practice is about asking powerful questions.

Basketball Player scoring an athletic, amazing slam dunkIn my book Ask Power Questions: A Practical Guide to Help You Get What You Want in Business, Life and Friendship, I share my 17 Strategies to Help You Formulate Power Questions. One of a series, this post focuses on how you can use these strategies to help your team master success through training.

Winning teams practice hard. Practice makes your crew nearly perfect because it underscores your week spots. You can use practice to drill new habits, stay fit, and try new things. Run-through situations can achieve this. It’s necessary to try new things to test out your goals now and then. You may have a spectacular idea for a campaign, but when you attempt to apply it during a practice you might see flaws and that the idea will create more challenges than you thought.

Team members can build helpful and strong relationships by working together over a period of time. Training together presents opportunities for your team to develop different kinds of relationship skills. Together you can experience practice trials and work out new associated strategies to help strengthen your team and build exemplary bonds to help you realize your goal.

In football “dink and dunk” is a play that consists of a series of little skirmishes and short gains. It is used to master the game in small/short play actions. It takes skill to get it right and make the play useful. For your team practicing the individual work steps that when perfected will help your overall game will be essential to your success. How can your team practice to learn new skills? Perhaps you need to learn a new program or a team member needs to recertify, how can you build these needs into your plan?

Here are a few coaching tips for great team training:

  • Make it fun to be on your team. Don’t make it all work and not playful now and then. Keep the mood light and the work will easily flow
  • Practice brevity whenever you can.
  • Tweak your team carefully, don’t make grandiose resolutions, they’re just hot air words. Take action focusing on the smaller steps necessary to get the work done.  What details need your team’s attention right now?
  • Training build strength and new skills, stretching your team into new directions. What areas does your team need to practice?
  • Are you enjoying your team? What can you do right now to let your team know how you feel about working with them?
  • As team captain how are you creating meaningful training and practice for your team?


Sandy Nelson is a contributing blogger for JenningsWire Online Magazine.


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