Want to Build a Great Team and Be a Great Motivator?
If so – you can take a page or two from John Wooden’s playbook.
• 10 NCAA National Championships – 7 consecutively
• 4 30 and 0 seasons (4 perfect seasons)
• Inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as BOTH a player (1960) and coach (1973)
John died in 2010 at age 99… but his comments and homilies live on forever. John’s ability to build a basketball dynasty with “ordinary” talent was renowned. Part of his formula was to instill in his players a sense of responsibility, self-sacrifice and humility to meld them into a team. His quips and quotes are great training and motivational aids… use them in sales meetings… add them to your vocabulary to be a better communicator…use them to illustrate lessons when training and mentoring.
Being motivating translates into leading people beyond their envelope – their comfort level. It is done by instilling in them self-belief and self-confidence…and the ability to spring back from failure or setback.
No one was any better at it that Coach John Wooden. Make his comments your own!
- “Treat all people with dignity and respect”.”
- “Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.”
- “Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.”
- “Be quick, but don’t hurry.”
- “Never mistake activity for achievement”.
- “Discipline yourself and others won’t need to.”
- If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?”
- “You can’t let praise or criticism get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one.”
- “Talent is God-given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.”
- “Winning takes talent; to repeat takes character.”
- Success is never final; failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts.”
- “Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.”
Take a look at John’s “Pyramid of Success”. It has been used by managers and coaches world-wide to illustrate the components of success.