The Tribe Mindset – Developing a Meaningful Team Culture

by Justin Kilian, MEd, CSCS,*D and Allison Schaefer, CSCS
NSCA Coach January 2021
Vol 7, Issue 3

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The purpose of this article is to highlight some practical methods to develop a collectivist mindset that is unified around core team values. This article also covers how to translate those theoretical constructs into actionable development of a meaningful team culture.

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This article originally appeared in NSCA Coach, a quarterly publication for NSCA Members that provides valuable takeaways for every level of strength and conditioning coach. You can find scientifically based articles specific to a wide variety of your athletes’ needs with Nutrition, Programming, and Youth columns. Read more articles from NSCA Coach »

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Mr Justin Kilian, PhD, MEd, CSCS,*D

Educator, Liberty University

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