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EQUIP YOUR TEAM MENTALLY (TONY DUNGY PART EIGHT)
John Wooden Video Clip (1 min. 34 sec.): Coach Wooden is asked: "Whose coaching styles are different than yours but still successful?"
Tony Dungy was head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1996 to 2001, and head coach of the Indianapolis Colts from 2002 to 2008. Coach Dungy became the first African American head coach to win the Super Bowl when his Colts defeated the Chicago Bears in 2007.
In his book, The Leader Mentor, Coach Dungy explained the importance of not only educating your team on specific skills needed to complete a task, but also the need to equip them with the proper mental attitude. Coach Dungy expanded:
"Take the time to teach and equip people with the proper mental attitude to handle adversity, success, and changing circumstances."
In 1975 Coach Dungy's mentor, Pittsburgh Steeler Head Coach Chuck Noll, led his team into his first Super Bowl game against the Minnesota Vikings. Minnesota had an excellent defense known for stopping the running game. Pittsburgh was a running team. Coach Dungy described what happened next:
"The pundits were all trying to guess what would happen if the Vikings stopped their running game. How would they adjust? When Chuck Noll was asked that question in a pregame press conference, his response reminded me of something my dad would say: "Leaving the game plan is a sign of panic, and panic is not in our game plan." Chuck's message was clear: We won't adjust; we won't adapt. We will do what we do best and make the Vikings adjust. The players told me later that the game was won at that point. The Steelers won 16–6, it was the first of four Super Bowl Championships the Steelers would win under Coach Noll. Coach Noll had equipped his players mentally and physically to get the job done."
In 1975 Coach Wooden's UCLA Bruins won their 10th National Championship. Coach Wooden had taught and equipped his team with a mental attitude to just focus on their best effort and not worry about the other team. With a laser focus they delivered their best effort, not worrying about the outcome. Coach Wooden had equipped his players mentally and physically to get the job done.
What mental attitude do you equip your team members with?
Yours in Coaching,
Rather Stay Home
Never so happy as when I 'm at home,
Edgar Albert Guest (1881-1959)
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