RSS
TwitterFacebookGoogle+YouTubeLinkedIn

July 2010: Full Contact Project Management

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

July 2010
alt
Full Contact Project Management

Masonry Magazine
alt
project management
alt

   “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:

  • Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do
  • Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be
  • It isn’t what you do, but how you do it
  • Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.
alt
Coach Gary says: 

“A life well lived creates a must-see movie.”

 

You can see why he was in such high demand as a speaker and author, for coaches, athletes and others outside of sports, even those in construction.

Specific Lessons and Teachings to Implement
Realize you have enough talent and ability, right now, to accomplish great things for your construction company and your career, if you just get a little knowledge to go along with it. Remember, Coach Wooden was not big on experience, but on what can be accomplished with the experience you already have. Said another way, you can lead your team even if you are a rookie; you don’t need to be some kind of a grizzled, old veteran. Never discount experience, because it is always good to have some, but don’t want to shy away from opportunity, either.

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
– Winston Churchill

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.


Coach Gary’s Corner:

Coach Gary is offering you, without cost, The Plan for 2010 – something you can post on your wall, like a play out of a playbook. Plus, get your free, five-part report on getting paid for changes on your project. Go to www.FullContactTeam.com, and click on the link below the arrows. Masonry readers get The Plan and this report for free, along with free video tips from Coach Gary. Go there now.

Return to Table of Contents

Related Posts

  • 58
    October 2010 Full Contact Project Management  Facing Your Project Management ‘Giants’  By "Coach" Gary Micheloni Everyone has a favorite sports movie, which is great, because these movies make such great teaching tools. Not every good movie is applicable to what we do as project managers, but almost every sports movie is. Sports movies are all…
    Tags: coach, movie, project, gary, sports, great, leadership, plan, micheloni, free
  • 54
    December 2010 Full Contact Project Management  Lessons From 
‘A Christmas Story’ By "Coach" Gary Micheloni How can the classic sports movie “A Christmas Story” teach us about construction project leadership and management? Success in construction is all about implementation, which is something that Ralphie teaches to us clearly in the movie. So, I need to…
    Tags: coach, movie, gary, project, don, free, sports, construction, management, plan
  • 53
    June 2010 Full Contact Project Management The ‘Rocky’ Project Manager Five years of leadership lessons from a movie By "Coach" Gary Micheloni This month’s column marks the fifth year of the relationship between Masonry Magazine and the “Full Contact Project Management” column. Over the years, we’ve been able to use fun, non-construction topics to make…
    Tags: coach, plan, project, gary, full, contact, management, free, micheloni, year
  • 51
    April 2010 Full Contact Project Management ‘Cool Runnings’ Olympic construction lessons from the most famous bobsled team not at the game By "Coach" Gary Micheloni Coach Gary’s latest example of an unlikely way to learn about construction project management is from the 1994 movie “Cool Runnings.” Remember that one? It starred John Candy as the…
    Tags: coach, project, gary, great, management, free, micheloni, construction, movie
  • 48
    October 2009 Full Contact Project Management Turnin’ 50 By "Coach" Gary Micheloni Coach Gary celebrates his 50th “Full Contact Project Management” column in Masonry Magazine. It’s been quite a ride, and I hope that we can do another 50. The best thing about the column for me has been talking to contractors and suppliers about…
    Tags: coach, gary, project, management, free, full, plan, contact, micheloni

MASONRY MAGAZINE VIDEO NEWS

Zachary Zuldema 1st Place (2nd Year) Winner Interview at the World of Concrete

Zachary Zuldema 1st Place (2nd Year) Winner Interview at the World of Concrete

Bill Dentinger 2015 Inductee MCAA Hall of Fame

Bill Dentinger 2015 Inductee MCAA Hall of Fame

John Smith, Jr.

John Smith, Jr. receives the 2015 MCAA C. DeWitt Brown Leadman Award

2015 MCAA Fastest Trowel On The Block Winner

2015 MCAA Fastest Trowel On The Block Winner

Daniel Furr 1st Place Winner

Daniel Furr 1st Place Winner (First Year), Masonry Skills Challenge

Synpro Products

Masonry Magazine Video News Interview: Michael Goyne

Hydro Mobile Inc

Interview with Kevin O'Shea of Hydro Mobile, Inc.

Interview with Mark Kemp – Chairman, MCAA

Interview with Masonry Contractors Association of America Chairman, Mark Kemp

Mortar Net Solutions

Interview with Steve Fechino from Mortar Net Solutions

Pullman Ermator

Interview with Lyndon Kelsey of Pullman Ermator

Keene Building Products

Interview with Jim O'Neill of Keene Building Products