|Wooden's Wisdom - Volume 6
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CULTURE NOT CONTROL
Coach Wooden created a culture in which team members paid attention to detail routinely, yet he was not regarded as a control freak by the team. It ultimately was culture, not constant controls, that drove the behaviors.
Culture is simply the consistent behaviors that a group of people have and are passed on from generation to generation.
A good example of this was the way all of Coach Wooden’s UCLA teams kept their dressing rooms clean both at home and on the road, without needing custodians or managers to pick up after them. Here are the steps Coach followed to create culture:
Last year I ran into the Dad of one of my former players from a ten year old team I had coached. The young man is now in high school and his Dad said his son, Griffin, was taking a college level science class at Long Beach State. He continued to tell me that when he goes to pick Griffin up he always comes out ten minutes later than the other students.
When he asked Griffin what was causing the delay, he said: "You know Dad, I always stay after class and make sure everything is picked up and put back where it belongs. Clean it up….pick it up."
Griffin never met John Wooden but he was influenced by him.
Who are you going to influence? How?
Yours in Coaching,
The Man Who Misses All The Fun
The man who misses all the fun
Let others cheer the winning man,
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