Leveraging Team Assets Effectively, Thanks to Coach Wooden

“Success is the peace of mind which is the direct result of self satisfaction in knowing that you made the effort to do the best of which you are capable.”

As we all work to leverage our team assets during this recession, especially with smaller staffs, greater pressure and demands; and with the NCAA Championship just finished, I knew it would be opportunistic to share great tips about fully leveraging a team from the legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden.

As you know, Wooden won 10 NCAA championships in 12 years including 88 straight college games. He was renowned for his leadership and his skills as a teacher coach.

These tips about team development are from a book he co-authored with the Wooden and his protégé Steve Jamison. Jamison is a preeminent authority on John Wooden’s leadership, philosophy and methodology. The recent book is called The Essential Wooden, A Lifetime of Lessons on Leaders and Leadership and it features these Team Tips:

  • Be thinking at all times.
  • If you do your best, never lose your temper, and never be out-thought or out-hustled, you will have nothing to worry about.
  • Without faith and courage, you are lost.
  • Have respect for without fear of every opponent and confidence without cockiness in regard to yourself.
  • Never be a spectator, be in the fight at all times.
  • Unselfish team play and team spirit are two of the foremost essentials for our success.
  • We have tough battles ahead. Enjoy the thrill of being in a hard fight.
  • Never stoop to playing dirty — play hard and don’t complain.
  • Be sure you acknowledge and give credit to a teammate who hits you with a scoring pass or for any fine play he may make.
  • Be a competitor. When the going gets tough, really get going.

No wonder he was so successful. His advice, even as he approaches his 100th year, is always concise, compelling, coherent and clear, and definitely motivational. Learn more at www.coachwooden.com.