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Consistency Creates Excellence

Consistency Creates Excellence

Coach Wooden was consistent about a lot of things, including:  Being on timeBeing open-mindedBeing a great listenerConstantly trying new thingsTrying to improveMeticulous preparationAttention to detail that was coupled with careful planningAdmitting his mistakesBeing...
This Is the Greatest Reward of Leadership

This Is the Greatest Reward of Leadership

Coach Wooden did not like this picture. “I didn’t win all these trophies,” he said. “I just played a small part.” Coach did not view recognition as any sort of reward for the leadership he was interested in. In his book The Essential Wooden with Steve Jamison,...
What Does Constructive Criticism Mean?

What Does Constructive Criticism Mean?

In the workplace, a supervisor sometimes criticizes an employee and walks away thinking they have just helped that employee improve. The reality is they have left an employee upset, feels picked on and is less productive. The ability to create an environment in which...
A Setback Is a Setup for a Comeback

A Setback Is a Setup for a Comeback

In John Wooden’s first 17 seasons at UCLA, his teams appeared in the NCAA Tournament five times and posted a record of three wins and nine losses. Bill Gates’ first company, Traf-O-Data (a device which could read traffic tapes and process the data), failed...
When the World Feels Angry, Gentleness Is Power

When the World Feels Angry, Gentleness Is Power

Let us overcome the angry man with gentleness, the evil man with goodness, the miser with generosity, the liar with truth. In his book, Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success with Jay Carty, Coach describes one of his first lessons about the power of overcoming anger...