By Hon. Prof. Mike Conway – CEO & Founder XVenture, EARL Coach Sydney FC and Caltex Socceroos

Surprisingly to some, there are parallels in the work I do with elite sports teams and individuals, corporates, youths and families (who recently participated in the XVenture Family Challenge TV Series, broadcast on 10 in Australia and Three in New Zealand).

Participants in XVenture’s Winning Minds programs complete the XV EARL Measure, providing a benchmark of Emotional Agility, Resilience and Leadership (EARL) scores.

During participation in our programs teams and individuals have two options: take on a performance improvement mindset (PIMS) (leading to a Winning Mind) or focus attention and time on frustration and disappointment (FAND).

Based on XVenture’s work globally, successful teams seem to have the following in common:

  • Consist of Individuals who have a PIMS
  • EARL scores improve when a PIMS approach is taken
  • Consistent and Measured approach
  • Collaborate and knowledge share effectively
  • Understand each other and play to strengths as a collective
  • Have individuals who are able to put fear behind them, even when pushed outside their comfort zones
  • Can openly discuss and reflect on mistakes and embrace them to emerge as a stronger and more cohesive team
  • Celebrate success and acknowledge contribution
  • Enjoy the experience

Whilst the above are a simplified view of what makes one team better than another, these are common themes we’ve discovered. We believe it’s worth for any organization to focus on developing individual and collective PIMS.

You can now curate and deliver an XVenture Winning Minds program in your own organisation. With XVenture In a Box, you’ll get access to an extensive toolkit with step-by-step guides, experiential challenges, access to the XV EARL Measure and rich content to make your next team development day a great success.