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The Most Important Thing Is Love

The Most Important Thing Is Love

Love as an action has many dimensions. One is being nice to people even if they are not being nice to you. This sentence is a summary of Coach John Wooden’s philosophy and how he lived his life. The most important thing I learned from his example was to respond with...
How to Discipline

How to Discipline

@evergreen_souls via Twenty20 These quotes are the foundation of Coach John Wooden’s approach to discipline: Discipline must be done with reason to be effective. If we lose reason in our discipline, it will not be effective. You cannot antagonize and be a positive...
3 Rules for Gaining Loyalty Through Respect

3 Rules for Gaining Loyalty Through Respect

Loyalty, like respect, must be given before you get it. This idea was a basic principle that shaped the coaching and leadership style of Coach John Wooden. He summed it up this way: The best leaders are usually humble leaders because they gain loyalty through respect...
Never Mistake Activity for Achievement

Never Mistake Activity for Achievement

“Never mistake activity for achievement.” –John Wooden Coach John Wooden’s most insightful model to discuss his idea is the methodology he used to prepare, execute and improve his practices. He was not satisfied with simply having achievement in each activity, but...
The Importance of Listening in Leadership

The Importance of Listening in Leadership

A key element in the art of listening is to not be thinking about what you’re going to say while the other person is talking. Quieting your thoughts and really hearing the other person with an open mind sometimes requires a conscious effort. In How to Be like Coach...
Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid of Making Mistakes

Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid of Making Mistakes

“If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes.” –Coach John Wooden These two sentences become a mantra that sometimes pushes people beyond their fear. In the book How to Be Like Coach Wooden by Pat Williams,...