Creating Culture within Teams – A look at Barcelona

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During my trip to Barcelona, we’ve seen a lot of soccer – a lot. Every day we’ve been fortunate to see at least one game live: Champions League, Europa League, La Liga 1, La Liga 2, women’s second division and U19.

We’ve also seen matches on tv and even watch some BarcaTV in our hotel room, where they run news stories and show highlights from all the different teams.

I have been here as part of a coaching education trip, but am also looking at it from a sport psychology standpoint. One of the topics that has come up in our discussions is culture. How an organization is run, how players are expected to train, compete and behave, how coaches run things.

If you know soccer, you know FC Barcelona as one of the greatest soccer teams in history.

For every athletic organization, whether it is a world-famous mega-organization like FCB, or a high school cross country team, culture plays a huge part in the performance.

What is your organization and team culture? What kinds of things do you do to cultivate a more positive culture?

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