|Wooden's Wisdom - Volume 6||Issue 261|
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Three of the five items Coach Wooden described in his book Practical Modern Basketball as determining factors in selecting a squad were:
This criteria could be used in assembling any team in business or sports. Coach Wooden reminds us to: Consider team spirit and morale. The five best players seldom make the best team.
This idea was one of the key themes of Jim Collins’s bestselling business book: Good to Great, where he cautions us to make sure we get the right people on the right seat on the bus.
Coach also advised it was important to:
Coach said he wanted players who had: Industriousness, Enthusiasm, Cooperation, Team Attitude, Self-Control and Alertness.
Coach Wooden described his decision making process as follows:
Although the final decision for selecting the squad must be the responsibility of the coach and the coach alone, he should use every possible method to aid him in making the correct decision. Do not be reluctant or too proud to seek helpful information from every available source.
One of the sources Coach used was keeping complete statistical charts of every scrimmage and analyzing them in a comparative manner.
In addition to tracking points, rebounds, assists and many other normal basketball statistics, Coach Wooden statistically tracked occurrences of some rather unusual items. Coach statistically tracked the number of times that a player:
In addition to general character traits, Coach was able to identify very specifically the personal behaviors he wanted on the court and quantify them statistically.
If we can identify and communicate the specific behaviors we expect out of others as Coach Wooden did, instead of just talking about general character traits, we will get better results.
This is also a great thing to do when we coach ourselves.
Yours in Coaching,
The Bridge Builder
An old man going a lone highway,
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