Episode 2: Players, Process and Patience





In Episode 1, (listen again) we explored the concept of Team Telepathy, and how this dynamic quality can make the difference between a good team and a great one, in sport and in business.

Your Team is the Engine that implements creative, sustainable, growth-minded strategy and brings your fans to their feet

In Episode 2, we outline the framework for developing this quality in your team.

THE 3P’s

Going into a New Season, to develop Team Telepathy in your business team, you need to have 3 things:

  • The right kind of players
  • The right kind of process
  • And the right kind of patience

Episode 2 Notes


High performing teams consist of motivated, skilful people with strong individual talent and the skills and desire to connect and combine with others.

Companies need their workforce to be “On the Bus.”

Creative work teams are looking for a bigger, earlier say in co-designing that bus.

One criteria we would add to a talent selection — if not already there —Is a candidate’s potential to contribute to the playful, purposeful connectivity that underpins Team Telepathy. 

THE RIGHT KIND OF PROCESS - Preseason for Business

Transitions from covid restrictions to “post-covid,” or from remote to hybrid, or old strategy to new,  need more than just strong company values and norms and worker adaptability. 

A team in transition needs close interaction from the team leader and a process that everyone understands, benefits from, and buys in to.

In complex environments, situations and opportunities may evolve rapidly. Teams have to have the freedom to act and adapt.  That’s what good preparation achieves.

In sport team development there is an established and proven Preseason/Early season process which can be creatively mapped over to business.

The core role of the club or company in team preparation is not to manage the team - that’s the coach’s/team leader’s role.

In addition to strategic direction and financial investment, the key role of the club or company is to beThe Custodian of the Team Shirt.” 

A team shirt carries in its fibre mission, history, values and norms, and serves to transmit pride, inspiration and togetherness  which a player feels when he or she puts on that shirt.


A famous NFL football coach said:  “In a 17 week season I won’t really know my team until game 5.” 

Patience is a virtue, and is vital in both sport and business. 

But a business team and it leaders need a different kind of patience, particularly during development or transition time.  

  • In sport, progress may come faster than points on the board.  
  • In business Quarterly Targets might not be met. That means pressure. 

We can’t just say: “Well, be patient , it will come.”

Many top products (e.g. the iPhone) are the result of the combination of an innovative vision strong game plan, trust in the development team,   and patience based on the ability to  keep track of and communicate key indicators. 

  • Internally: As a team are we doing what we set out to do?
  • Externally: Are there early external leading indicators of our impact?

Most companies already have their well-tested quarterly performance reviews - KPIs. We suggest you add  TTPIs: Team Telepathy Progress Indicators. 

You can develop TTPIs by getting together with your team and having them define what measures makes sense for their team - More round-the-table Team Telepathy talks;  less surveys and check-boxes.



A discussion with Annette Lynch, an amazing basketball coach and human development consultant, on how to be a great Team Telepathy coach for your business team.

Recommended Watching: An Amazon Prime series called 6 Dreams: capturing the behind-the-scenes operations of 6 of the smaller Spanish soccer teams. You don’t need to be a sport fan to get this. 

It is all about people, creative passion, and how a club contributes at every level.

If you have any questions, or would like to book a time to discuss Team Telepathy and the needs of your team, please contact us at contact@coachmike.biz.

Until then, stay well, and support your  team.