TeamWork – John Wooden

John_Wooden370x297John Wooden? Why a ’60 basketball coach is mentioned in an IT website? Why I write about this person?

I’m mad? I don’t think so. Which is the goal to talk about basketball in a business/IT website?

Which is the value added in IT provided by a basketball coach?  I’d say 2 sentences: team working and methodology to achieve the goal.

If anyone doesn’t know who is John wooden; I say that he is the coach that had to grow one of the biggest basketball player: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Any additional question?

John Wooden: “The most important key to achieving great success is to decide upon your goal and launch, get started, take action, move.”

Stand up the hand who is strongly convinced to apply this approach constantly and strategically! …Ehm, I don’t see many hands

In our companies we use policies and procedures like excuses to activate defensive behaviours to delay our actions. All this postpone our decision to a time that never comes.
We know very well which are our goals, we’re strongly convinced to know that we’ve to act, but for several reasons sometimes, we don’t want to act.
Action means that we need to move out from our confort zone and we need to “explore” the border line where generally we may face risks and concerns from the “others”.

“Success is the peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best of which you are capable.”

Pyramid of success

Pyramid of success

I suggest you to keep an eye to his “pyramid of success”. In this schema you’ll find the basic concepts that inspired him in his life and his career.

I’ve added John Wooden’s On TED website, I found one of his last interviews, I has been very interested to listen his words. He talks about sport, but his philosophy can be easily applied to our working life approach.


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