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DOES TEACHING LIFE LESSONS IMPROVE JOB PERFORMANCE? (JAY WRIGHT PART THREE)
John Wooden Video Clip (1 min. 34 sec.): Coach Wooden explains how he maintained consistent excellence and avoided complacency.
Jay Wright guided Villanova Basketball to the National Championship in 2016 and 2018. An important part of Villanova Basketball's is the consistent practice of Team Chaplin Father Rob Hagan sharing Life Lessons with the team. In Coach Wright's fantastic book, "Attitude" he describes Father Hagan's role:
According to the staff directory, Rev. Rob Hagan is Villanova's Senior Associate Athletics Director for Student Welfare and oversees Sports Medicine and Strength and Conditioning. "To us, he is simply "Father Rob." Father Rob is our team chaplain—our go-to spiritual adviser—and as such he plays a key role in our pre- and postgame rituals. He is an integral, indispensable, and undeniable part of any success we have as a team."
Father Rob is critical to Villanova's Success because his teaching of Life Lessons is a cornerstone of their Team Culture. Culture drives Job Performance. Coach Wright puts it this way:
"A Caring Culture is how you live together as a unit. Any leader has an opportunity to set a tone for how her/his group or organization lives by being positive, energetic, and invested in team members."
Father Rob's: Teaching Life Lessons demonstrates an investment in the team members. From Jay Wright's book "Attitude" here is one of Father Rob's presentations at a pre-game meal: his own expanded version of the famous 'Wolf" story that powerfully delivered several key Life Lessons.
"A grandfather is teaching his grandson about human nature, and he says that within every human heart there are two wolves. Those two wolves are fighting it out each day in every decision we make.
One wolf says, 'Make sure you get yours. Take the shortcut, the pain-free route, and get as much pleasure out of life as you can.' The other wolf is in there fighting, saying, 'Do the right thing even if it costs you... time or money.... Make the sacrifice for someone else; it might be more difficult, but life can be more meaningful and fulfilling. Do what might be unpopular knowing it will make a positive difference in the long run.
The grandson thinks for a second and asks, 'Then which wolf wins?' And the grandfather replies, 'The one that we feed.'
"Keep feeding the good wolf," Father Rob said. "The good side of our hearts. So much of our lives and decisions are affected by our value system. What are we feeding our minds and hearts? What do we believe matters most? Our lives are a product of the decisions that we make, the small ones and the big ones. Those two wolves are often fed by the people, places, and things that we engage in and with daily. Who am I hanging around with? Who and what am I listening to? What voices are important in my life? Our answers will be revealing and help us to know which side of our hearts we are feeding."
Not all of us are fortunate enough to have someone like Father Rob on our staff but we should find a way to share Life Lessons with our team members on a consistent basis.
How do you consistently feed the good wolf of your team members?
Yours in Coaching,
THE FINER THOUGHT
How fine it is at night to say:
Edgar Allen Guest (1881-1959)
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