What is the definition of any team? Well, to me, it’s people who come together to achieve a common goal. The great Vince Lombardi said:

Running a football team is no different than any other kind of organization-an army, a political party or a business. The principles are the same. The object is to win-to beat the other guy. Maybe that sounds hard or cruel.

Lombardi is regarded as one of the greatest sports head coaches in our lifetime. He also said: “The object is to win fairly, squarely, by the rules-but to win.” I feel the same that building a strong team is important for being successful. No matter if you are in sales, sports, the auto industry, toilet bowl tanks, it doesn’t matter.

First, you start with a strong solid leader or mentor. This person could be a woman or a man, but they must create a workplace that is fair, strong and aggressive with no short cuts. For a team to be strong and fight through adversity, no matter the case, there must be cohesion, respect for everyone involved and people have to play by the rules.

I am very fortunate here at our radio station in Lansing, Michigan. At Townsquare Media Lansing, we have all of the fine ingredients for success. Strong leadership with solid programming, sales staff, support staff, engineering and everyone involved.

Bottom line: if you work hard and keep your nose clean, good things will always happen. MSU head football coach George Perles used to always tell us that. The concept of a team plays a part in every phase of personal and professional life. That’s where the term team player comes from. I, like many others, wear many hats at the radio station. I’m a salesman along with being a sports radio air-personality. So, I can see things from a lot of different angles. I love it!

I've said my piece, and now I want to hear from you. How would you define the word "team"?

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