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Industry Buzz: What the Best Teams are Made Of


shutterstock_161513417Club Solutions recently wrapped up its largest issue of the year, which should be hitting mailboxes any day now. In addition to a cover profile, features and more, this special issue includes our annual Buyer’s Guide. Check it out for over 150 listings on everything from treadmills and ellipticals to member loyalty programs and insurance!

Reflecting back on this particular issue — which requires a lot more labor than our normal issues — I’d like to take a few moments to look at the importance of teamwork. That is because, without teamwork, projects such as the Buyer’s Guide would never come to fruition.

Over the course of the Buyer’s Guide’s assembly, I noticed three key qualities that our team showcased, which I thought attributed greatly to the issue’s success: Focus, morale and leadership.


Weeks prior to the Buyer’s Guide print date, the Club Solutions team zeroed in on its goal — putting together the largest issue of the year. From that point on, every bit of extra time and effort was placed into making this issue a success. To help aid with focus, additional “State of the Buyer’s Guide” meetings were held to ensure goals were being met.


Putting together a huge issue is fun, but also trying. Essentially, it requires double the effort compared to a normal issue. As a result, the workload can be a bit overwhelming. If morale isn’t kept up, the workplace atmosphere can suffer. As a result, it’s important to ensure words of encouragement are constantly at the forefront, and that employees know their hard work isn’t going unnoticed.


Without a clear leader, it’s easy for the ball to get dropped. That is why having a leader in place who can keep focus, build morale and most importantly lead is so important. Leaders make sure that all of the pieces of the puzzle are coming together, and that all goals are met. Don’t just assume someone is taking charge. Clearly define roles of who is in charge of what.

Major projects, such as the largest issue of the year, a renovation or a major marketing plan, require attention taken away from the day-to-day. As a result, having an effective team in charge of the project is essential to success.

What other qualities do you think effectives teams boast?


Rachel Zabonick is the Editor of Club Solutions Magazine. She can be reached at rachel@clubsolutionsmagazine.com. Reach out to her about exciting events or programs your club has implemented, or to share the amazing accomplishments of a member.

Rachel Zabonick-Chonko

Rachel Zabonick-Chonko is the editor-in-chief of Club Solutions Magazine. She can be reached at rachel@peakemedia.com.

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