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1.Why does the Varsity team lose to the JV Team?
A) As a team of 8 the varsity could not row together efficiently. No one took a leadership position while several where disrupters by talking during practice or criticizing others. The team had a negative view of CEP training and weren’t open to change while the J.V. players were. Negative thinkers “ I never thought I would be the weak link, but on this race, I am sure of it.” J.V. were positive with a one for all approach: “were rowing for every guy in that boat because we don’t want to let him down”.The coach and the Varsity members were critiqued individually while the J.V. where critiqued as one. Varsity members felt alone and that they were “carrying the team”. J.V. always had a team outlook. 2.What should Coach P. have done differently earlier in the season to resolve this problem? At exactly what point should he have intervened differently? A) The coach should have intervened with the Varsity team early on and never made them think they were of any higher status as a team or as personal performers. The psychological aspect of the team from the beginning was to develop their own personal skills now it needs to be redeveloped in a more team spirited way. 3.At the end of the case, what action should Coach P. take on Tuesday? Why do you recommend this action? How should he implement this action? Please be specific. 4.How would you compare the Army Crew team to other types of organizational teams? What are the key similarities and differences? What lessons can we learn from the Army Crew team?
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