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Issue 650 - "Worthwhile results come from hard work and careful planning." (Patrick Lencioni and John Wooden)

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Wooden's Wisdom - Volume 13 Issue 650
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Patrick Lencioni is the New York Times bestselling author of The Ideal Team Player. In his book, Lencioni says that an ideal team player must be a hard worker. Lencioni uses the term "Hungry" and expanded on it this way:
"Hungry people are always looking for more. More things to do. More to learn. More responsibility to take on. Hungry people almost never have to be pushed by a manager to work harder because they are self-motivated and diligent. They are constantly thinking about the next step and the next opportunity. And they loathe the idea that they might be perceived as slackers.
It's not difficult to understand why hungry people are great to have on a team, but it's important to realize that some types of hunger are not good for a team and are even unhealthy.
In some people, hunger can be directed in a selfish way that is not for the good of the team but for the individual. And in some people, hunger can be taken to an extreme where work becomes too important, consuming the identity of an employee and dominating their life.
When I refer to hunger here, I'm thinking about the healthy kind—a manageable and sustainable commitment to doing a job well and going above and beyond when it is truly required."
Coach Wooden was fond of saying: "Failure to prepare is preparing to fail." Coach used careful planning to keep balance in his life between his job and his family. As he often pointed out: "The most important word in our language is ‘love’ and the second most important word is ‘balance."
Coach did not "mistake activity for achievement."
Are you achieving "worthwhile results"?

Yours in Coaching,
Craig Impelman




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Application Exercise



Copy Paper

I start the day with paper white,
And put it in my old machine,
And wonder whether, as I write
The night will find my copy clean.
Will this day's finished task be fair
Or full of blemishes and flaws?
Will what my hands have written there
Deserve derision or applause?

Have I put down a single thing
That better would have been unwrit?
Have I let pass a jibe or fling
With venom at the point of it?
This paper spotless came to me,
How will it leave my little den?
What will the printer's judgment be?
And what will say my fellow men?

'Tis mine to do with as I will.
I view the finished work, and pause;
Here is a thought that I must kill,
And here a verse that's full of flaws.
And here's a line that I'd regret
If ever I should let it go,
The paper now is blurred, and yet
I much prefer to have it so.

Tomorrow it will be too late,
Whatever is must stand for aye;
If I have penned a line in hate
That stays the record for today.
And whether it be good or bad
I cannot change one single line;
My chance to be of worth I've had,
And every blemish there is mine.

My life is like the paper sheet
On which I toil from day to day,
And there the bitter and the sweet
Are written down to last for aye.
And, oh, I hope, when comes the call
That takes me from this earthly scene,
The God above who judges all
Will find my copy fairly clean.

Edgar Albert Guest (1881-1959)






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