|Wooden's Wisdom - Volume 12||Issue 575|
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"HOW TEAMMATES BECOME FRIENDS FOR LIFE" (DEL HARRIS PART SEVENTEEN)
John Wooden Video Clip (2 min. 02 sec.): Coach Wooden recites the poem "The Road Ahead and The Road Behind". Great Poem to share with your team.
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 detailing ten key elements that create teammates who become friends for life:
"A properly integrated person contributes to a good working environment as a good role player or an emerging leader. He seeks to know his associates’ personal contexts and helps them improve their performance through attention to detail and proper mentoring when appropriate. When able to do so, a good influencer offers his teammates the opportunity to share a measure of authority and gives affirmation for the good work they do as well as for the people they are becoming. All this perpetuates and fortifies the positive environment.
Having set up an environment that is healthy, we look to the ultimate aim of our Life-Teams: relationships. Team members must seek to build up others on the team, and eliminate the mistrust that selfishness creates. Team members must earn trust by performing consistently in a manner that is true to the overall mission. Then, trust will blossom into stronger, more personal loyalty. When loyalty is nurtured and sustained, a deeper sentiment often emerges: affection or even love. Such affection, or love, creates a unified environment. And unity is the most central element for enduring relationships."
Evaluate yourself and your team on the qualities in bold type.
How many of your teammates will become friends for life?
Yours in Coaching,
The Road Ahead or The Road Behind
I think the fates must grin
George Joseph Moriarty (1884–1964)
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