Coaches Do Not Score!

16 04 2013

Can you list the greatest coaches of all time?

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  • John Wooden (College Basketball)
  • Dean Smith (College Basketball)
  • Bear Bryant (Professional Football)
  • Vince Lombardi (Professional Football)
  • Red Auerbach (Professional Basketball)
  • Scotty Bowman (Professional Hockey)
  • Mike Krzyzewski (College Basketball)
  • Phil Jackson (Professional Basketball)
  • Dan Gable (College Wrestling)

These icons represent the best in their sport, the best of their day, perhaps the best of all time.  They are coaches, leaders, motivators and strategists.  These individuals dedicated themselves to the success of their teams.  They found ways to win.  They merged the talent they had and got the most of their players.  They displayed an uncanny way of reaching their goals and exceeding the expectations of others time and time again.

There are thousands of unnamed coaches following those giants listed here.  Each of them push towards success regardless of the individuals for whom they coach.  Men, woman and children all benefit from those coaches.  And regardless of the age group, gender, sport or level, they all have one thing in common.

NO COACH HAS EVER SCORED A TOUCHDOWN, MADE A BASKET, SLAPPED A PUCK, HIT A HOME RUN, PINNED THEIR OPPONENT, SUNK A PUTT OR SCORED A GOAL.

So why not find the inspiration from the greatest of all time.  Here is what they have said about leadership:

John Wooden:

“Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.”

Dean Smith:

“If you treat every situation as a life-and-death matter, you’ll die a lot of times.”

Bear Bryant:

“Little things make the difference. Everyone is well prepared in the big things, but only the winners perfect the little things.”

Vince Lombardi:

“It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up”

Red Auerbach:

“They said you have to use your five best players but I found you win with the five who fit together the best.”

Scotty Bowman:

“I found out that if you are going to win games, you had better be ready to adapt.”

Mike Krzyewski:

“You can see and you can listen, but you have to have moments in which you feel.”

Phil Jackson:

“Always keep an open mind and a compassionate heart.”

Dan Gable:

“You don’t really measure the year until the whole year is done. I’m sure there are some concerned people, including the coaches right now.” 

And like the Eye-Cubed leaders of today, the greatness that follows your excellent work is the result of the tremendous effort of others, your team.  You too must lead, motivate and strategize.  You must “win” by drawing on the strengths of those surrounding you.  The team which you assemble and go to “war” with succeeds or fails under your watchful eye.

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