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Issue 651 - "Different people are motivated in different ways." (Patrick Lencioni and John Wooden)

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Wooden's Wisdom - Volume 13 Issue 651
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In his New York Times bestselling book, The Ideal Team Player, Patrick Lencioni says that the ideal team player is smart. Lencioni explains what he means by "Smart" this way:
"Smart is not about intellectual capacity. In the context of a team, smart simply refers to a person's common sense about people. It has everything to do with the ability to be interpersonally appropriate and aware. Smart people tend to know what is happening in a group situation and how to deal with others in the most effective way.
They ask good questions, listen to what others are saying, and stay engaged in conversations intently. Some might refer to this as emotional intelligence, which wouldn't be a bad comparison, but smart is probably a little simpler than that.
Smart people just have good judgment and intuition around the subtleties of group dynamics and the impact of their words and actions. As a result, they don't say and do things—or fail to say and do things—without knowing the likely responses of their colleagues."
As a coach, John Wooden was the ultimate "smart" communicator with his players. In his book, Coach Wooden's Leadership Game Plan, Assistant Coach Gary Cunningham described Coach Wooden this way:
Coach was a master at analyzing personalities. Player A might just need an explanation. Player B might need some push. He knew what everybody needed to learn his lessons, and he supplied it.
Do you know what everybody on your team needs?

Yours in Coaching,
Craig Impelman




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The Cost Of Praise

This morning came a man to me, his smile was wonderful to see,
He shook my hand and doffed his hat then promptly took a chair;
Said he, 'I read your stuff each day, and I have just dropped in to say
You have a line of humor that delightful is and rare.
My dear wife reads it through and through, my aunts and uncles like it, too,
The little children cry for it when they get out of bed,
Your column's full of common sense, your childhood verses are immense,
The equal of them, I am sure I've never, never read.

'Now, you're a man of great renown, your name is known in every town
From Boston unto 'Frisco, from Atlanta to Duluth;
I've met some of our famous men, I wish to grasp your hand again;
Don't think I flatter you, O no, I'm telling you the truth.
'I let him once more take my hand, the while I felt my chest expand,
My head began to bulge until I couldn't wear my hat;
'Ah me,' I sighed, 'through all my days, I've never heard such words of praise,
I wish I knew a hundred men who 'd talk to me like that.'

'And now,' said he, 'ere I forget, I want to show a Balzac set
That Jolliers have printed just especially for you;
There are but twenty-six of these, observe this small prospectus, please,
This is the finest work that any publisher can do.
For you we make this sacrifice, just sixty dollars is the price,
Five dollars down and three a month—you will not miss the 'mon.''
I signed away my salary. Henceforth, when men come praising me
I'm going to grab my hat and coat and exit on the run.

Edgar Albert Guest (1881-1959)






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