|Wooden's Wisdom - Volume 12||Issue 621|
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"VALUE THE TIME OF OTHERS AS MUCH AS YOUR OWN"
John Wooden was legendary for his time management skills.
As a leader,Coach Wooden placed a tremendous value on the time of his players. With great planning he limited the amount of time his players were required to spend with him. As a result, he was able to demand and receive a high level of quality effort during that time. This resulted in their consistent high level of quality effort during games.
People will do what they do often based on repetition, not on what they heard in a meeting. Coach Wooden put it this way: "I didn’t believe in and didn’t have a lot of meetings and things of that sort. I wanted short corrections during the practice session."
During the summer prior to the upcoming season Coach sent each returning team member a letter, which outlined his expectations and strategic vison for the upcoming season.
One week before practice began, he had a 45-minute team meeting during which the players received three one-page handouts which specifically defined the behaviors he expected with regard to their studies, basketball practice and behavior off the court.
The players were expected to be on the court at 3 P.M. for thirty minutes of "Individual Attention" during which they would work on their own or with coaches (individually or in small groups) on specific issues. As a side note, Coach Wooden was always sitting courtside at 2:30 in case a player wanted to stop by and discuss anything.
Team Practice began at 3:30 P.M. and never ended later than 5:30 P.M.regrdless of how things were going. The drills were precisely timed. If a drill wasn’t going well Coach did not make it longer. Coach Wooden did not go off topic.
Coach Wooden valued the time of his players, so they valued his.
Do you value the time of your team members?
Yours in Coaching,
The Kick Under The Table
After a man has been married awhile,
Edgar Albert Guest (1881-1959)
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