Feb 18, 2020
Traits of Every Winning Team
Right now, Liverpool Football Club is in the midst of a historic
run in terms of wins and losses. What has enabled the team to
perform at such a high level? Is it money? Facilities? Talent? Many
other teams have that, so I believe there’s another critical factor
at work: culture. And this culture starts with the manager, Jurgen
Klopp, trickling down to the rest of the organization.
Just like soccer, construction is also a team sport. In today’s
episode of Construction Genius, I share my knowledge and insights
on how to build and be part of a winning team. Leaders need to
ingrain in each member the same winning culture despite their
differences. I will also be talking about my experiences and
discoveries in working with a diverse set of people using four
remarkable characteristics of the Liverpool soccer team.
If you want to build a positive, team-oriented culture, make
sure to listen to the whole episode for a more detailed
How to Lead and Work in an Effective Team
Liverpool’s Culture: A Must in a Construction
- The Liverpool team’s healthy culture largely contributes to
- Their culture is characterized by these four traits:
- hard work,
- and happiness.
- These four are common to most great teams, and you can apply
and promote them in your construction company.
What Is Hunger?
- Hunger is a desire or a lack.
- Liverpool is hungry because they haven’t won in a long
- When you haven’t had something in a while, it creates a desire
in you to fulfill.
- Hunger is highly motivational.
- Ask yourself, “What is the hunger that drives you, your team,
and your company?”
- It focuses your effort and energy, as well as pushes you to be
resourceful and creative.
- Hunger is expressed through dedication. It pushes you to
dedicate your efforts to satiate what you feel.
- Hunger is also expressed through having initiative. It means
you move forward and persist until the hunger is met.
- Hunger results in ingenuity.
- The best companies, just like sports teams, are hungry for wins
and have a sense of camaraderie.
- Cultivate in yourself and in your people the hunger to excel
and be best at what you do.
Making Hard Work Come to Life
- While hunger is universal, hard work is not.
- “No matter how much you want, laziness won't help a bit, but
hard work will reward you with more than enough.” Proverbs 13:4. I
recommend reading a chapter of Proverbs of the Old Testament for a
- Work harder and smarter. Focus on intelligent, hard
- The people you lead are always looking at you. Be responsible
for manifesting the traits you want your subordinates to have.
Hard Work of a Construction Professional
- Work hard on being technically competent with bidding,
planning, and building.
- Do the hard work of looking at the project from your customer’s
perspective. Put yourself in their shoes and determine what they
are looking to get out of the project.
- Do the hard work of looking at the project from your company’s
- Not all projects have the same allotted attention and
resources. Determine where the project sits in relationship with
the other projects.
- Understanding this can help you be content and focused on its
- A leader should go through the hard work of communication.
Effective communication leads to a productive work process.
- Likewise, competence is just as crucial for a leader.
- In construction, we tend to spend a lot of time putting out
fires instead of preventing them in the first place. It is a result
of a lack of competence or attention.
- Being proactive reduces stress.
Importance of Humility
- Humility is an appropriate view of yourself.
- The best athletes have confidence that may be interpreted as
arrogance. However, you know they are always working on their
- The best construction executives always leave room for
improvement and think of ways to learn.
- Experiencing life’s ups should not be a reason for entitlement.
Humility is vital in dealing with adversities. It is what’s going
to keep you moving forward when life gets too discouraging.
- Humble people have a steady, even keel about them in their
- Show up every day and put in the work.
- It also equates to committing to supporting other people.
- Humility is a real lack of selfishness. Don’t make everything
- Be interested in winning.
- Admit your mistakes quickly.
- Take responsibility and spread the credit. As a leader, you
don’t hoard all the praise for yourself.
How Does Unhappiness Manifest?
- Unhappiness manifests in constant complaints, grumbling, and
- One of the reasons why people aren’t happy is they aren't good
- We spend a lot of time watching other people be excellent, but
we don’t take the time to cultivate excellence within
- As a result, we struggle, and this causes unhappiness.
- Another reason why people are unhappy is they continue to do
the wrong things.
- Moreover, unhappy people don’t put enough energy and effort
into maintaining good relationships with people who matter.
- Get small wins under your belt.
- Consistently commit to regular, effective communication.
- Embrace and pay attention to the construction process.
- A week doesn’t sum up the success of a project. You can make
incremental steps to achieve your goals.
- If you combine hard work, hunger, and humility, you are well on
your way to happiness and building happy teams.
- Teams cultivate hunger, humility, and hard work to win, which
in turn creates happiness.
Your Next Steps
- Consider the atmosphere of the teams in your organization.
- Set goals that may stretch your team but are still
- Work hard and be an example of pursuing the goals
- Hold each other accountable.
- Do not make assumptions and find out the truth.
- Communicate up and down the chain of command.
- Make sure you're blocking out time for high leverage tasks from
which you may easily get distracted.
- Be humble and admit your mistakes quickly. The earlier you do
it, the faster you can move on.
- Always ask yourself how you can improve.
- Recognize your people’s achievements and spread credit.
- To be happy, stop doing the things you shouldn’t be doing.
Instead, do what you should be doing.
- Don’t complain if things are not perfect. Communicate with your
team and be content with incremental progress when things don’t go
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