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Beyond Success: The 15 Secrets to Effective Leadership and Life Based on Legendary Coach John Wooden's Pyramid of Success

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2001

    Leadership Lessons from a Brilliant, Ethical Coach

    Coach John Wooden of UCLA will always be remembered for the quality of the character he helped build, as well as the quality of the team play that emerged. Most NBA teams today would have trouble emulating the team effectiveness of Coach Wooden's basketball squads. This book does a superb job of capturing the philosophy and practices behind Coach Wooden's success, and translating it into what can be done in other spheres of life, such as work. Anyone can learn or be reminded of important lessons from this book that will provide much personal satisfaction and accomplishment. Coach Wooden's philosophy started with something his father taught him at a young age. 'Never compare yourself to others.' From that, he learned to appreciate that there is a victory in making the most out of your talents when they are small, as well as when you achieve a victory in competition over another person or team. He translated this idea into helping each player feel successful. This was an inner feeling from the 'self-satisfaction of knowing we'd given our best to become the best of what we were capable.' It was a long time before Coach Wooden's philosophy and skills developed to the point that he routinely produced championship teams on the court. But his players always had the joy of winning from having developed themselves in the context of the team. This approach also works well in establishing high-level performance because of the Pygmalion effect -- 'the transformative power of expectation.' Experiments have shown that if teachers think that a child is bright, the child will perform like a bright child. By treating everyone as though they have high potential, you will usually find they have great, untapped potential. 'There are no overachievers; we all have an almost infinite supply of potential.' Coach Wooden's personal creed is an important part of being a successful leader: (1) Be true to yourself (2) Make friendship a fine art (3) Make each day your masterpiece (4) Build a shelter against a rainy day (5) Help others (6) Drink deeply from good books (7) Pray for guidance and give thanks for your blessings every day. Here are the 15 collaborative elements of Coach Wooden's approach. Just reading the list will not get the points across. You need the discussions of what these terms mean and how to apply them that are in the book. Also, Mr. Biro has done a nice job of rounding out the basketball experiences with many examples from other areas of endeavor and life. #1 Industriousness (this should complement and not detract from a sense of balance in life) #2 Enthusiasm (needs to be combined with industriousness to permit 'strict attention to little details') #3 Friendship #4 Loyalty #5 Cooperation #6 Self-Control ('dedication to repetition' was a feature of his practices) #7 Alertness (opportunities come at unexpected times) #8 Initiative #9 Intentness (how can I contribute so my effort will work for the team?) #10 Condition (physical, mental, moral, and emotional) #11 Skill (flexible visualization) #12 Team spirit

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    Posted September 14, 2013

    Wildfire

    I'm-a do this!

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    Posted September 14, 2013

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    Posted September 14, 2013

    The teleporte (note)

    (Forgot to mention. It is not ark resut one. It is A R K res one.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2013

    Knuckles

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    Posted September 14, 2013

    DarkSonic

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    Posted September 14, 2013

    Tails

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