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“Win One for Coach Wooden”
Project leadership lessons from a movie not yet made
So, turns out that 2010 remains the Year of the Sports Movie, at least for Coach Gary. The best thing about great sports themes is that they almost always have great teaching moments, and most of them apply directly to construction project management and leadership.
Throughout this year, it has been difficult to choose the best story to bring your way, since there are so many movies out there that can really help. But this month was different. We all learned that the greatest coach in modern sports history, John Wooden, had left us. Moreover, he left behind for us his huge legacy.
Coach Wooden had the credentials of a winner: 10 national championships in men’s basketball, and a career coaching record of 664-162 (.804 winning percentage). He knew how to win, even when he didn’t have superstars all of the time.
You see, this Greatest Coach was famous for more than just winning basketball games. He was as famous for his speaking and teaching as anything else. For instance, Coach Wooden gave us these guideposts to life and business:
Specific Lessons and Teachings to Implement
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
How do you put this to work today? Realize that bad stuff, surprising things, and unfortunate obstacles are all a part of our industry, and usually stand in the way of making a decent profit. For you, your career and your company to succeed and thrive, you need to take them in stride. Take them head-on, just like your coaches show you.
Sports, life, business, construction: They all demand leadership. It takes vision. It takes a plan, and coaches always have a plan.
|Last Updated on Monday, 09 August 2010 11:57|