How to Deliver a Winning Team Talk

By Bob Morrell on March 30, 2015

Most teams need something to put them in a 'winning mood'.

In Shakespeare's play 'Henry V' the young king speaks to his men the morning of the battle of Agincourt. Now, I realise this is a battle, but stick with this. He says;

'We few, we happy few. We band of brothers. For he that sheds his blood with me this day, shall be my brother, be he 'ne'er so vile', this day shall gentle his condition. And gentlemen in England now a-bed, shall think themselves accursed, they were not here.'

So dissecting this and modernising it for business it's something like this:

'I realise there aren't many of us left after the recent redundancies, but those of us who are left are much happier. Because we are all pulling together, in the same boat. Plus I am going to be working with you, on this task at the same time. So even the lowest paid worker, if they work as hard as the rest of us, they have a chance to rise up the ladder in status and financial reward. And many people would love to be in our position and when they see how successful we're going to be they will envy us, and wish they were one of us.'

That works doesn't it?

Now, real leadership is only learn in adversity. If times are good almost anyone can manage a business. Sadly times are almost always 'not quite as good as we thought' and that's where leadership and management come in. That's where powerful talks will capture the imagination and energy of the team, and set them off on a task that will bring you, not total victory perhaps, but at the very least, success.

Top tips to put your team in a 'winning mood.'

1) Speak honestly about the challenge. People want to understand what they're facing.

2) Explain what you're going to be doing. Most staff members have NO idea what senior people do all day. Once they know what you're doing or even better, how you are going to be helping them, the more they'll be willing to try on your behalf.

3) Be clear about the objective and the rewards. Even if the reward is 'job security' that feels better than 'you're being paid so get on with it!'.