|Wooden's Wisdom - Volume 12||Issue 622|
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"GOOD MEETINGS AND BAD MEETINGS"
Proper Planning, which requires meetings, and excellent time management are necessary for any organization to reach its potential. Using two of Coach Wooden’s principles: "Failing to prepare is preparing to fail." and "Don’t mistake activity for achievement." as a foundation is a good starting point.
During the season, Coach Wooden met with his staff for two hours each day to carefully plan his two-hour practices. The meetings always started on time and ended on time and there were no non-emergency interruptions.
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 regards to their studies, basketball practice and behavior off the court.
He had few if any team meetings with the players after that. 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 practice, he would introduce a new play to the team as a unit. He described his follow-up methods this way:
"I learned to be concise and quick. I didn’t string things out. The first time a mistake was made I might stop the group as a whole and make a correction. Following that, I never stopped the group. I took the person out and talked to him alone."
If a sales organization wanted to implement a more conservative discounting strategy, this would require careful planning in staff meetings. Then to introduce the plan they would meet with the salespeople as a team.
If it became apparent certain salespeople were not following the policy, Coach Wooden would not call another team meeting to rant and rave at the group about the importance of following the procedures.
Coach Wooden would immediately meet with the individual salespeople who were not following the procedures and get them on track.
Are you having unnecessary team meetings?
Yours in Coaching,
When an empty sleeve or a sightless eye
Edgar Albert Guest (1881-1959)
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