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

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

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by Andrew Hill
     
 

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Be Quick, But Don't Hurry presents the team-building management secrets of the greatest coach of the twentieth century, cloaked in the heartwarming tale of the reluctant protege who learned those secrets in spite of himself.

Perhaps the least controversial sports honor in living memory was the selection of John Wooden as "Coach of the Century" by ESPN,

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Be Quick, But Don't Hurry presents the team-building management secrets of the greatest coach of the twentieth century, cloaked in the heartwarming tale of the reluctant protege who learned those secrets in spite of himself.

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:
03/28/2001
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
613,633
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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Be Quick - But Don't Hurry: Finding Success in the Teachings of a Lifetime 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.