The manager can improve coach/athlete communications and team harmony in the following ways: 1) provide opportunities for athlete input; 2) build mutual respect; 3) create realistic team, individual and sub-unit goals; 4) specify objectives, strategy, operating procedures or means to achieve goals; 5) emphasize the importance of all roles in achieving team goals.
6) acknowledge outstanding performance of a role by a player; 7) handle personnel conflicts in regular team meetings; 8) maintain on-going communications with team leaders; 9) before negative criticism is given, focus on positives; 10) create an easier schedule, if possible, at the beginning of the season; provide stability of personnel.
Examples of team cohesiveness, Manchester United. At least six of the main squad have played together through the development squads and have continued the relationship into the first 11. This relationship has given Manchester United a core of players which are able to play together and work well as a unit. Liverpool’s Michael Owen, Jamie Carragher and Steve Gerrard are also examples of players which have grown through the development academies giving them and understanding of each other. This also helps towards Liverpool’s winning performances. Redgrave and Pinsent are further examples of this. These are examples of teams with group cohesiveness, with positive results
However Chelsea are an example of a team with group cohesiveness and less positive results. They also have many players such as john terry and Jody Morris which have grown up together, many of their squad has remained the same for seasons, however they are unable to turn this into results. Examples of teams that lack group cohesiveness but still achieve results must have talent. Real Madrid are the prime example of this. Individually the players are superb, and in theory when these players are put together they would make one of the worlds greatest teams.
However they lack group cohesiveness for many of the above factors. It is only through individual skill that they are able to win games. However with the right coaching it is feasible that they could achieve much more. Teams that lack group cohesion and don’t get the results can be seen all through sport, especially ion the lower leagues In conclusion, the more players and coaches understand the factors that contribute to cohesiveness, the greater the likelihood of success. No team is perfect and the way organizations stay successful is through the its appreciation of the development of a team concept, and the willingness to do what is necessary to maintain it.