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Be Quick--But Don't Hurry! Finding Success in the Teachings of a Lifetime

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Perhaps the least controversial sports honor in living memory was the selection of John Wooden as "Coach of the Century" by ESPN, honoring his ten NCAA basketball championships in a twelve-year stretch. His UCLA teams won with great centers and with small lineups, with superstars and with team effort, always with quickness, always with class. Wooden was a teacher first and foremost, and his lessons ? taught on the basketball court, but applicable throughout one's life ? are ...

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Perhaps the least controversial sports honor in living memory was the selection of John Wooden as "Coach of the Century" by ESPN, honoring his ten NCAA basketball championships in a twelve-year stretch. His UCLA teams won with great centers and with small lineups, with superstars and with team effort, always with quickness, always with class. Wooden was a teacher first and foremost, and his lessons — taught on the basketball court, but applicable throughout one's life — are summarized in his famed Pyramid of Success.
Andrew Hill was one of the lucky young men who got to learn from Wooden in his favored classroom — though that is hardly how Hill would have described it at the time. An all-city high school player in Los Angeles, Hill played — a little — on three national champions, from 1970 to 1972. Hill was left embittered by his experience at UCLA; he was upset at how unequally Wooden treated his starting players and his substitutes.
Hill went on to a successful career in television, rising to the presidency of CBS Productions, where he was responsible for the success of such popular series as Touched by an Angel and Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. Hill's job required him to manage many creative people, with the egos and insecurities that usually go along with such talents. And one day, some twenty-five years after he graduated, he was hit with the realization that everything he knew about getting the best out of people he had learned directly from Coach John Wooden.
With no small trepidation, Hill picked up the phone to call and thank his old coach and unexpected mentor. To his surprise, Wooden greeted him warmly and enthusiastically. A strong friendship, sealed in frequent visits and conversations, ensued, and endures.
Be Quick — But Don't Hurry! tells the story of that friendship. But it also shares the lessons and secrets that Hill learned from Coach Wooden, which hold the key to managing creatively in the idea-driven economy of the twenty-first century. Among those lessons are:

  • The team with the best players almost always wins
  • Be quick, but don't hurry: there is never enough time to be sure (and if you are sure, you're probably too late), but you must always keep your balance
  • Failing to prepare is preparing to fail
  • The team that makes the most mistakes...wins!

Full of sound advice and warm reminiscence, Be Quick — But Don't Hurry! is the management book of a lifetime.
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Dean Smith Coach Wooden always got the best out of his players and helped them get the best out of themselves. That's the secret of coaching and of leadership. In Be Quick-But Don't Hurry! Andrew Hill shares the lessons that made Wooden's teams so successful on the court and his players such successes in life.
Dean Smith
"Coach Wooden always got the best out of his players and helped them get the best out of themselves. That's the secret of coaching and of leadership. In Be Quick-But Don't Hurry! Andrew Hill shares the lessons that made Wooden's teams so successful on the court and his players such successes in life."
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
When Hill, a television executive, played basketball at UCLA during the 1970s, he became one of only 200 men to play for Wooden, the winningest coach in college basketball history. The two constantly engaged in verbal sparring (e.g., on his first day, Hill suggested that Wooden cancel practice in protest against the Vietnam War, and Wooden retaliated that Hill could choose not to come to practice that day or ever, but only Wooden would decide whether to cancel a practice). Some 20 years later, Hill had an epiphany and began visiting his old coach, developing a deep friendship reminiscent of the one described by Mitch Albom in Tuesdays with Morrie. For Hill, it yielded new revelations based on Wooden's famous "pyramid of success," constructed of precepts such as "keep it simple" and "teamwork is not a preference, it's a necessity." Hill's writing is clean and clear, and his respect and admiration for Wooden are apparent. But as a tribute to a coach, the book will have limited appeal. As a life and business mentoring book, it falls short because the advice isn't particularly insightful or original. Hill neglects to explain to his readers how the principles build upon each other, and the examples focus only on Hill's professional life without discussing other business arenas. Although Wooden's name and the book's price make this an appealing gift, sports fans and business leaders interested in Wooden's "pyramid of success" will benefit more from Brian D. Biro's Beyond Success (Forecasts, Dec. 4). Agents, Christy Fletcher and Chris Silbermann, Carlisle & Co. (Mar. 13) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780743213882
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 391,005
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Hill spent five and a half years as President of CBS Productions and was, until recently, President of Programming for the Channel One Network. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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The primary reason I wrote Be Quick, But Don't Hurry was my feeling that John Wooden was a unique leader whose style of management could be adapted to any workplace in which workers are expected to collaborate. In a world where many believe that success can only be accomplished by ruthless, unprincipled autocrats, John Wooden built a winning record on a bedrock of values and morality. He did not succeed in spite of his values but because of them.

Coach Wooden's record of success is well known, but in many ways his methods were a mystery to those who never got to view them from inside the Bruin dynasty. Once I realized that I had actually learned every management principle I believed in from my old coach, I knew I had to share these lessons with the world so everyone could embrace the philosophies of this uniquely successful man. The fact that Coach is now 90 years old gave the project a sense of urgency, since I needed his guidance and input if the book was to truly and accurately reflect his methods. What else could I do but quit my job and write this book?

I think the two most valuable lessons I learned from Coach were the value of quickness without hurrying, and the need for balance. Of course, when I first learned these lessons from Coach, I thought he was just teaching us about the game of basketball. It was obvious that his teaching methods were successful, since we won three NCAA titles and went 87-3 in my three years of varsity basketball at UCLA. What took a bit longer to realize was that Coach was teaching us about much more than basketball; he was teaching us about life and leadership. His basketball lessons don't become less relevant when players graduate but actually grow and resonate in his students throughout their lifetimes. By incorporating his methods, I was able to rise to the position of president of CBS Productions and bring hit shows like Touched by an Angel andDr. Quinn, Medicine Woman to a worldwide audience.

Be Quick, but Don't Hurry also carries a powerful emotional message about the value of a lifelong mentor. The wisdom and support that a mentor provides can give you the balance, knowledge, and perspective you need to succeed. And perhaps the greatest joy of a powerful mentor relationship is the emotional fulfillment it provides for both the mentor and the student. Seeking out and cultivating mentor relationships can be a daunting experience, but the rewards are rich for both of you. I feel blessed to have Coach Wooden in my life, and anyone who reads Be Quick, but Don't Hurry will understand why. (Andrew Hill)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2001

    Be Quick and Hurry to Buy This Book

    Andy Hill's lessons learned on the basketball court under Coach John Wooden were invaluable in leading him to success in the highly competitive world of television production. This book remarkably details his career at UCLA as a bench warmer for the greatest coach ever. After a period of alienation, Andy was able to reconnect with Coach Wooden as he realized the lessons he learned on the court were invaluable to his success as a television executive. Andy weaves together the story of his reconciliation with his Coach and lessons for success in the business world as smoothly as Monica saves a life on Touched By An Angel; he comes to the rescue of struggling business executives with the elan of Chuck Norris on Walker, Texas Ranger; he connects the frontiers of business and sports as passionately as Jane Seymour saved lives on Dr. Quinn, Medicine Women; and finally, he points the way to success with the same simplicity that William Shatner introduced Rescue 911. All programs that Mr. Hill successfully presided over during his career at CBS.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2001

    Inspiring, Illuminating and Uplifting

    John Wooden is arguably the greatest coach of all time. But few of us have had the chance to benefit from his tutelage. In Andy Hill's inspiring, deeply personal account, those of us who only watched the legendary Bruin dynasties finally have a chance to learn from the master. The lessons are all the more illuminating because they are told from the viewpoint of a player who, while not a star, was a keen observer of Wooden's unique system. Wooden clearly didn't just teach basketball skills. His lessons apply to all aspects of life - business, family and community. Hill not only illuminates Wooden's insights, he imbues the book with a warm, very personal sense of humanity and caring. If you liked 'Tuesdays With Morrie', you'll connect with 'Be Quick - But Don't Hurry'. And you can learn important life lessons without having to deal with the trauma of death. Buy a bunch of copies. It's a quick read and a great gift.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2001

    Great 'Business' Book for Readers Everywhere

    Andrew Hill with Coach John Wooden's support has created something very unusual and special - a fascinating business book, based upon the greatest basketball coach in the history of the game, that will reach out and touch the reader on a personal and emotional level, as well. Much has been written about Coach Wooden within the ranks of professional journalists, but nothing of this quality has been produced by a true insider, a former UCLA champion, who went on to achieve extraordinary success as a leading executive and producer in the film industry. Andrew Hill's unique athletic background and professional experience enable him to describe Coach Wooden's teaching methods and philosophy from a completely new perspective. 'Be Quick, But Don't Hurry' is more than just a valuable and thought-provoking source of information about management principles and skills. It offers a wide variety of readers the chance to learn more about America's 'Basketball Coach of the Century' from inside the UCLA dynasty. I loved every minute of it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2001

    Wonderful Gem of a Book

    The relationship between Andrew Hill and his former Coach John Wooden should inspire all of us to reach out and say thanks to those who have made a difference in our lives, both professionally and personally. Solid advice from a national treasure told by one of the fortunate few who was lucky enough to play for him.

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