A continuation of the series Breaking the Bundle! A Guide to Organizing a Booster Organization.

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Why do some teams (formerly called committees) have more success than others? Why do some teams with many creative people involved not get off the ground? Why do some teams with many superior workers not get off the ground? Why do some teams with many prospective leaders not get off the ground? What regulates the success of a team?

I remember one year, a marching season not to be forgotten. It was a year of elaborate props. Our Prop Team consisted of some of the best “Construction Dads” in all of the South. Because of this great talent, we had great hopes filled with grand designs. However, as we approached the time of marching season when the props should have been obtainable for practice, the incomplete props could not take the field. Despite constant, daily work on them, they were not available to take their indispensable spot on the field. Why?

We had too many design creators; they were constantly redesigning and not completing a single prop. A prop would be started; the designer of that idea would miss a night; another designer with a better idea would take over; this pattern would repeat itself, and, well, you can see what happened— the never ending design change with no props resulting.

Yet another time, I remember working with an Eighth Grade Night Team…oh my. We had regularly scheduled report meetings with this team and their designated member at large. Each time, their report was the same–No action has been taken. Seeing that the date for the event was just a couple of weeks away, the designated member at large began suggesting what needed to be done to the team coordinator. The team immediately began working on those suggestions. The evening was a success because the team consisted of impressive workers.

I could chronicle many more accounts like these; I think two is adequate to illustrate my point. Teams must be made up of various persona qualities… managing, working, creating, leading, nurturing, following, outgoing, organizing, etc. If a team is made up of all creative type members, the team will not get beyond creating. If a team is made up of all workers, the team will not be able to get started. If a team is made up of all leaders, the team will be stymied because all members want to lead. A fusion of all of these types is necessary to have a thriving and profitable team.

A first-rate team does not just happen; it takes planning and development. Read the article: Stick Four: Understanding the Formation of Teams to find out how to get to know your parents better and how to best utilize their skills to formulate astonishing and competent teams.  There is also a sample Parent Contact/Volunteer Form.  This item along with others articulating the booster organization can be found in the Organization section of the Resource tab.

Come back next week for Stick Five: Understanding the Importance of Team Notebooks.