I have been watching the interviews around professional sports. All teams have losses and some have streaks. This always frustrates fans and the media relishes the opportunity to ask about it.

What I find interesting is that the response of the best teams seems to be the same across football, basketball, hockey, and soccer. Whether talking to the coach, the star player or a rookie they all say a variation of the same thing.

“We need to do better.”

It is simple but so telling. “We” focuses on the team as a whole (not pointing anyone out). “Do” is the action (instead of try). “Better” acknowledges the opportunity to improve.

This is perfect thing to tell other people. Then leave the details and critique to the internal review as a team.

We can do better.