|Wooden's Wisdom - Volume 11||Issue 572|
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"A SMALL ACKNOWLEDGEMENT CAN HAVE A BIG IMPACT" (DEL HARRIS PART FOURTEEN)
John Wooden Video Clip (2 min. 16 sec.): Coach Wooden is asked: "Were your high standards ever challenged by your players?" Great Video Clip!
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, in his excellent book, On Point: Four Steps To Better Life Teams, does a wonderful job of describing how "A Small Acknowledgement Can Have a Big Impact":
"Mature leaders are good at sharing credit, and a large part of that is accomplished by offering affirmation for a job well done. Team building thrives when leaders are quick to show recognition and give praise, even for what seem to be relatively minor items. Try to remember how you got to where you are when you’re in a higher position. Your workers and my players want to know two things: "What do you want me to do? And how do you think I am doing?" You must give them confidence in the overall vision and their part in it, along with a degree of ownership in the ongoing progress of the mission when they earn it."
When the president of the company tells the stock clerk the shelf that he or she is working on looks great, it has a significant impact. That employee will go home and share the news with their family, bringing smiles to the entire household. On the other hand, an inadvertent snub or a poorly worded email from the boss can have a negative impact on an employee’s attitude towards his/her job and the company. Unfortunately, some folks like to share bad news. All these little acknowledgements or lack thereof are how team cultures are actually built, not by posters or bulletin boards. These incidents, good or bad, are the topics of lunchrooms, locker rooms and dinner tables all over America.
What are the conversations like at your team members’ dinner tables?
Yours in Coaching,
The Family’s Homely Man
There never was a family without its homely man,
Edgar Albert Guest (1881-1959)
Dedicated in loving memory to Richard Muehlhausen
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