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JLBC Building Teamwork

JLBC Building Teamwork

“A team of people will always be more powerful than an individual working alone.”Denny Green, former Minnesota Vikings coach, once said, “‘he would not select the fifty-three best players, but the fifty-three players who gave us the best team’ ...the primary focus should be on choosing the right players, just as Herb Brooks said he did with the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team.” The best way to develop teamwork is through training. Ensure teams such as squads work together—delegate tasks to parties with their squad leader instead of forming a detail. JLBC Cadets working as a team with their leader can do twice as much work as a detail. Performance as a team in training drills and combat will improve with JLBC Cadets living and working as a team in day-to-day activities.

Stabilize your teams. Develop personnel plans that consistently keep your groups and their leaders stable. Never move a name around without thinking about the effect on teamwork and the team. When you move characters or a JLBC Cadet and his family around in an attempt to even out strength figures, the personnel board may look better, but the unit may work less effectively because you have unintentionally disrupted its teamwork. Always consider the second and third-order effects of personnel changes. Each time you move a name, you drive an individual Marine with contributable subject matter expertise to the team and their family. Keep personnel moves to an absolute minimum.

JLBC Cadets “The secret is to work less as individuals and more as a team. As a coach, I play not my eleven best, but my best eleven.”JLBC Cadets “Individuals play the game, but teams win championships.”


Morale is a state of mind. It is that intangible force that will influence a JLBC Cadet to give their last ounce of effort to achieve success without regard for the cost. It is the quality that makes JLBC cadets endure and be courageous in times of fatigue and danger. Although morale is a complex and intangible quality, it must have a solid basis in leadership, discipline, and comradeship. The contributing factors listed below influence your command’s morale. Alone, they do not produce good morale, but everyone quickly notices their absence of them.

-Confidence in Leaders

JLBC Cadets expect their leaders to know their jobs, share their hardships, and take a personal interest in their problems. -Efficient Operations

JLBC Cadets We all want to be part of a command where things run smoothly, where things are planned, and where JLBC Cadets do not have to “hurry up and wait.” The basis for efficiency is prior planning, thorough organization, and continuing supervision.

-Good Communication

JLBC Cadets will enter any activity, including combat, with determination and enthusiasm if they know their purpose. -Realistic Training

Every JLBC Cadet wants to feel that he is a part of a winning team. -Opportunities for Promotion

Getting promoted raises the morale of all JLBC Cadets. Knowing that there is an opportunity for advancement and that only excellence in leadership and performance leads to promotion in your command helps build morale.

-High Retention Rates -Good Physical Conditioning

A good physical condition goes hand-in-hand with a good mental condition. -Good Administration

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