|Wooden's Wisdom - Volume 12||Issue 581|
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GREAT TEAMWORK STARTS WITH INDIVIDUAL EXCELLENCE (BILL WALSH)
John Wooden Video Clip (56 sec.): Coach Wooden is asked: "What is your greatest responsibility as a coach?" (Great Clip)
Bill Walsh is regarded as one of the greatest coaches in NFL history. He is one of four coaches in NFL history to win three or more Super Bowls.
When Walsh took over the 49ers in 1979, they were a rag tag bunch that had gone 2-14 the previous season. He immediately implemented performance standards for every individual in the organization. In his excellent book with Steve Jamison and Craig Walsh, The Score Takes Care of Itself, Walsh describes it this way:
"My Standard of Performance applied to marketing, office personnel, and everyone else with the details applicable to their jobs. All of this increasingly demonstrated to others and to ourselves that we were on top of things, neither sloppy nor inattentive, and contributed to a greatly heightened sense of "this is who we are."
It meant you were part of an organization that had high expectations of itself and of you, whether you were a superstar or a secretary, manager or maintenance man, athlete, executive, or head coach."
More quickly than you might imagine, a transformation occurred in the quality of the team’s attitudes and actions. An environment developed in which adherence to the details of our Standard of Performance became second nature as we worked to become absolutely first class in every possible way on and off the field. Maintenance workers, ticket takers, parking lot attendants and anyone receiving a paycheck with the emblem of the San Francisco 49ers on it were instructed as to the requirements of their own job’s Standard of Performance and expected to measure up.
In fact, to encourage positive thinking, pride, and self-esteem, I insisted that specific equipment carrying the emblem of the San Francisco 49ers be treated with respect. For example, players were told their practice helmets, which carried our emblem, should never be tossed around, sat on, or thrown in the bottom of their lockers: "Wear it, hold it, or put it on the shelf in your locker."
How do your team members treat their equipment? What do they think of themselves?
Yours in Coaching,
The Girl He Left Behind
We used to think her frivolous—you know how
Edgar Albert Guest (1881-1959)
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