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Issue 646 - "Reduce Anxiety And Improve Your Team Culture" (Daniel Coyle and John Wooden)

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Wooden's Wisdom - Volume 13 Issue 646
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Daniel Coyle is the New York Times bestselling author of The Culture Code, which was named Best Business Book of the Year in 2018,by Bloomberg and Business Insider.
In his book, Coyle identifies the building blocks of a great team culture. The first building block he calls "Build Safety". You "Build Safety" on a team when team members do not have anxiety about what is expected of them.
John Wooden anchored his Team Culture with his Definition of Success: "Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best of which you are capable."
Coach's definition was based on his father teaching him to: "Never try to be better than someone else, but always be learning from others. Never cease trying to be the best you can be. One is under your control, the other isn't."
Rafer Johnson was a UCLA basketball player from 1958-59 and became the gold-medal winner in the 1960 Olympics decathlon. An incredibly talented athlete in his own right, when Johnson first arrived at UCLA from the small town of Kingsburg, California, he was full of anxiety and intimidated by the big-city campus and the level of competition he was facing.
Everything changed, however, as soon as Johnson took to the court for basketball practice. "Coach Wooden said all he wanted from us individually was that we try as athletes and students, to be as good as we could be." Johnson remembered. Johnson said he thought to himself: "I can do that." The anxiety was gone.
From that day forward, Johnson changed his perspective and found it influenced everything else for the better. "My subsequent performance in the 1960 Olympics had a lot to do with Coach’s philosophy of concentrating on being the best I could be," he said. "Don't worry about the score, the medal, the prize; don’t worry about the other guy; just concentrate on doing your best. It's that simple."
Does your Team Culture reduce anxiety?

Yours in Coaching,
Craig Impelman




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Not Crossing Bridges

Mebbe I shall weep tomorrow,
Mebbe I shall lose my job,
Mebbe bowed in grief and sorrow
I shall sit alone and sob.

Mebbe trouble grim is comin',
Mebbe care is on the way,
Mebbe I'll be busy glummin'
Over things some other day.

Mebbe foes will come assailin'
An' at last I'll have to quit;
But before I start to wailin'
I shall wait until I'm hit.

Edgar Albert Guest (1881-1959)






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