|Wooden's Wisdom - Volume 11||Issue 570|
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"RESOLVE PROBLEMS QUICKLY" (DEL HARRIS PART TWELVE)
John Wooden Video Clip (1 min. 42 sec.): Coach Wooden is asked: "Why was your coaching style different from many coaches today?"
In September of 2022, legendary coach Del Harris was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Over sixty years, Coach Harris has displayed excellence at every level, first as a player, then as a High School, College, NBA, and International Coach.
Coach Harris and Coach Wooden both believed it was important to: "Resolve Problems Quickly." In his excellent book, On Point: Four Steps To Better Life Teams, Coach Harris does a wonderful job of discussing this topic:
"The team builder will be dedicated to becoming a quick problem solver. In doing so, the elements of concern for others and the ability to communicate effectively again become big factors. Do not let problems turn into disasters.
Teams that are known to have good chemistry are ones that settle conflicts quickly. Especially when a situation requires a stern reprimand, it is best not to have too much carryover time before resolving the conflict. When you wait to resolve a problem, you extend and magnify it. Unresolved issues that carry on for days are destructive.
On the other hand, being patient to avoid overreacting is an important attribute to cultivate as well. One of the best bits of advice I received in all my years of coaching came from my first general manager, the late Ray Patterson of the Houston Rockets. He was a masterful GM, who engineered championships with the Milwaukee Bucks and the Rockets. During my first year as a head NBA coach, he gave me this simple admonition: "Remember this. Whatever happens, don’t overreact." When I follow that counsel, it pays off. When I do not follow that advice, I am the one who generally pays."
In his book with Steve Jamison, My Personal Best, Coach Wooden described his method of resolving problems: "When discipline was required, I tried to dole it out in a manner that was firm but fair, with no emotionalism or anger attached. Anger prevents proper thinking and makes you vulnerable."
Former assistant coach Eddie Powell said that Coach Wooden’s discipline was:
"Immediate and fair, and he never wanted to bruise the dignity of the person who was being disciplined. In that regard, Coach Wooden preferred to discipline in private and reward in public."
After disciplining a player, Coach Wooden moved on by not mentioning the incident again.
Do you bring up past mistakes when trying to influence someone's future behavior? Is that a good idea?
Yours in Coaching,
The Beauty Places
Here she walked and romped about,
Edgar Albert Guest (1881-1959)
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