A former Australian test cricketer gives some clues as to what makes a winning culture and a successful team:


WORK ETHIC
‘You can tell a good organisation by whether they really work hard in it or not.’ 
You never meet anyone who gets better at something by doing less of it. Champion individuals and champion teams work harder than anyone else. That’s number one.


BE HONEST
The second most important feature of winning teams is honesty. You’ve got to give honest feedback and you’ve got to be prepared to take honest feedback as well. If there’s honesty within a team leader then it will come out within the team – and that’s good.


CELEBRATE SUCCESSES
Reward the good days. What are you doing all that hard work for if you are not going to enjoy it? Enjoy the big moments. It’s the key to building friendship within the team – the glue that keeps everything together when under pressure. You’ve got to remember the good days.


DEVELOP PEOPLE AS MUCH AS PLAYERS
You’ve got to develop people. There’s so much talent around! But you know who is going to be successful under pressure and make the right choices on and off the field – characters with integrity. If you improve individual behaviour then you will have a good culture with great people who make good decisions.


NEVER GET COMPLACENT
Complacency is like poison. When you’re in the game you’re not on vacation! When you’ve won a few games you are likely to get relaxed and complacent. It will come back to bite you!


NEVER ACCEPT MEDIOCRITY
Leadership is not a popularity contest! It takes courage. It doesn’t mean you take a sledgehammer approach. It’s hard to look someone in the eye every day and tell them they need to try harder. Mediocrity gets you nowhere – you must not accept mediocrity in anything you do – on or off the field.


NEVER LOSE SIGHT OF YOUR VISION
Everyday pressure can make athletes and business persons forget their vision. You must never lose sight of the bigger picture. If you’ve got a vision, and you can hold your nerve under pressure, that will give you energy and inspiration. Your vision keeps you moving forward. You must have a vision and you must have the methodology to achieve it.

Source: The Minds of Winning Teams, Richard Maloney