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Issue 649 - "Humility is not thinking less of yourself but thinking of yourself less." (Patrick Lencioni and John Wooden)

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Wooden's Wisdom - Volume 13 Issue 649
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It was Rick Warren in his book Purpose Driven Life who wrote: "Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less."
Patrick Lencioni is the New York Times bestselling author of The Ideal Team Player. In his book Lencioni had this to say:
"People who lack humility have insecurity. Insecurity makes some people project overconfidence, and others discount their own talents.
In the context of teamwork, humility is largely what it seems to be. Great team players lack excessive ego or concerns about status. They are quick to point out the contributions of others and slow to seek attention for their own.
They share credit, emphasize team over self, and define success collectively rather than individually. It is no great surprise, then, that humility is the single greatest and most indispensable attribute of being a team player."
Coach Wooden felt strongly about his players displaying humility in their actions on the court. When asked about excessive celebrating and complaining, Coach replied:
"You hit a sore spot there. I detest things done to draw attention to yourself. I detest showmanship. I didn’t permit showmanship and I don’t like it."
Coach was clear on the leader setting the example for humility.
"Be a humble leader. The group must know that they work with you, not for you. If something good happens as a result of a suggestion you received, give credit to the person who made the suggestion. If something bad happens as a result of a suggestion that you received, take the blame. The star of the team is the team."
Who is the star of your team?

Yours in Coaching,
Craig Impelman




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Application Exercise



You And Your Body

Whom is your boy going to for advice?
Tough Johnny Jones at the end of the street,
Rough Billy Green or untaught Jimmy Price?
Who is now guiding his innocent feet?
Who takes him walking or swimming today,
You, or the stranger just over the way?

Whom is your boy leaning on for a friend?
Whom does he tell all his wee troubles to?
Say, now, with whom does your little one spend
Most of his time; with a stranger or you?
Whose hand is leading him where he should go?
Answer now, Busy Man, tell if you know.

Who is the pal that he opens his heart to,
You, or some stranger you never have seen?
Whom does your boy all his secrets impart to?
Maybe to some one whose mind is unclean.
If it isn't to you that he comes, he's in danger.
What do you know of the worth of the stranger?

Oh, be a boy with a boy that is yours;
Play with him, stay with him, show him the way;
Walk with him, talk with him, take him out doors;
Be his best friend, as you ought to, today.
Take him down town so the youngster may see
The right sort of man that you want him to be.

Don't be too busy to hear what he's telling;
Don't send him off when he comes to your knee;
This sort of father disaster is spelling —
He's hungry for you, and his pal you should be.
Spend all the time that you can with the lad,
He'll be a good boy if you'll be a good dad.

Edgar Albert Guest (1881-1959)






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