Golf is an individual sport, but annually the best golfers in the world gather to play team competition.
Similar to playing doubles in tennis, team competition brings out the best (or worst) in you.
This year Team USA dismantled the International Team so badly at the Presidents Cup it was over before the last day of competition.
Strategy can be debated, but what was clear is this team dominated by Millennials showed what happens when personal strengths are unleashed.
Chemistry and connection trump competence.
The US team was heavily favored, but in the Ryder Cup (played alternate years from the Presidents Cup vs. Team Europe) the Yankees have struggled in a similar scenario. Talent provides a huge advantage, but without camaraderie you can get beat by lesser foes.
What’s evident in sports and business is Millennials thrive in teams. Whether a professional athlete or young professional, Millennials are better together.
Team USA has struggled for several years in team competition where their individual talent did not match their team unity. The difference this year was the off-the-course friendships were the foundation for victory.
Millennials take a beating from the media (mostly from other generations) and even if some of the criticism is justified, you should choose to focus on the positives.
Veterans can play the mentor role in any setting, but results not style, should be emphasized.
Age shouldn’t be a prerequisite for leadership roles.
This year’s US team led with enthusiasm, togetherness and execution.
In sports or business to maximize Millennials focus on creating a strong, team culture based on accountability then step back and let them go to work.