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How a Leader Displays Faith in People

How a Leader Displays Faith in People

FIZKES / SHUTTERSTOCK.COM “The leader has faith in people. He believes in them, trusts them and thus draws out the best in them.” These are ideas from the essay “The Art of Leadership,” which appears in The Art of Living by Wilfred A. Peterson, Coach John Wooden’s...
Effort: How to Eliminate the Fear of Failure

Effort: How to Eliminate the Fear of Failure

“Don’t permit fear of failure to prevent effort. We are all imperfect and will fail on occasions, but fear of failure is the greatest failure of all.” This often-used quote of Coach John Wooden’s summarizes the key element in his psychological approach to coaching,...
‘Be Quick but Don’t Hurry’

‘Be Quick but Don’t Hurry’

“Be quick but don’t hurry” was a frequent phrase Coach John Wooden used at basketball practice, and it has great application to all phases of everyday life. Andy Hill, author of Be Quick- But Don’t Hurry, put it this way when he spoke at the first John R. Wooden...
8 Ways Effective Leaders Work With Their Team

8 Ways Effective Leaders Work With Their Team

You handle things. You work with people. This point represents a key distinction that Coach John Wooden thought was important to be an effective leader. The leader who simply “handles” people makes them feel manipulated and will never truly get their best effort in...
The Worst Thing About New Books

The Worst Thing About New Books

“The worst thing about new books is they keep us from reading the old ones.” –Joseph Joubert   Joseph Joubert (1754-1824) was a French moralist and essayist, remembered today largely for his Pensées (thoughts). Coach Wooden had a fantastic home library with...
Doing the Right Thing

Doing the Right Thing

“The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.” This famous quote from Abraham Lincoln was a favorite of Coach John Wooden’s. It brings to mind the idea of doing the right thing, no matter...