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Beyond Success - The 15 Secrets to Effective Leadership and Life Based on Legendary Coach John Wooden's Pyramid of Success Paperback – January 1, 2001
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"Brian Biro has captured Coach John Wooden's timeless philosophies and woven them into a timeless leadership formula that should help us all in every aspect of our lives."
--Ken Blanchard, co-author of The One Minute Manager
"The proven Wooden leadership tapestry is based on fundamental principles, not cute, cosmetic, cotton candy techniques. Brian Biro weaves this tapestry around absolutely compelling true stories."
--Stephen Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
"Astonishing reading. Read Beyond Success and totally outperform yourself."
--Mark Victor Hansen, co-author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series
"Beyond Success reads like the final seconds of an NCAA playoff... this book is alive with calculated, confident brilliance. This is a fast-break play for life."
--Harvey Mackay, author of Swim with the Sharks without Being Eaten Alive
About the Author
Brian D. Biro is one of the nation's foremost speakers on leadership and team-building and is the author of three highly-acclaimed books. He is the founder of CLASS (Coaching, Leadership, and Synergy Services) through which he gives lectures nationwide. He has been featured on Good Morning America and CNN's Business Unusual, and the Fox Network as well as having been on hundreds of radio shows across the country
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Coach Wooden's philosophy started with something his father taught him at a young age. "Never compare yourself to others." From that, he learned to appreciate that there is a victory in making the most out of your talents when they are small, as well as when you achieve a victory in competition over another person or team.
He translated this idea into helping each player feel successful. This was an inner feeling from the "self-satisfaction of knowing we'd given our best to become the best of what we were capable." It was a long time before Coach Wooden's philosophy and skills developed to the point that he routinely produced championship teams on the court. But his players always had the joy of winning from having developed themselves in the context of the team.
This approach also works well in establishing high-level performance because of the Pygmalion effect -- "the transformative power of expectation." Experiments have shown that if teachers think that a child is bright, the child will perform like a bright child. By treating everyone as though they have high potential, you will usually find they have great, untapped potential. "There are no overachievers; we all have an almost infinite supply of potential."
Coach Wooden's personal creed is an important part of being a successful leader: (1) Be true to yourself (2) Make friendship a fine art (3) Make each day your masterpiece (4) Build a shelter against a rainy day (5) Help others (6) Drink deeply from good books (7) Pray for guidance and give thanks for your blessings every day.
Here are the 15 collaborative elements of Coach Wooden's approach. Just reading the list will not get the points across. You need the discussions of what these terms mean and how to apply them that are in the book. Also, Mr. Biro has done a nice job of rounding out the basketball experiences with many examples from other areas of endeavor and life.
#1 Industriousness (this should complement and not detract from a sense of balance in life)
#2 Enthusiasm (needs to be combined with industriousness to permit "strict attention to little details")
#6 Self-Control ("dedication to repetition" was a feature of his practices)
#7 Alertness (opportunities come at unexpected times)
#9 Intentness (how can I contribute so my effort will work for the team?)
#10 Condition (physical, mental, moral, and emotional)
#11 Skill (flexible visualization)
#12 Team spirit
#13 Poise (very critical in the final 5 minutes of a game)
#14 Confidence (look for ways to win, even when things look dark)
#15 Competitive Greatness (rising to the occasion by focusing on what you want, as great relay teams have often done).
I hope you will read and enjoy this book, share it with others, and apply it to your life, your family, and your work. You will find no better role model of a team coach than this one.
If you are likely to be in a position of coaching children in the future, you may also want to read Ken Blanchard's new book, High Five! It will give you some other useful insights into helping youngsters.
May you always be justly filled with that internal feeling of self-satisfaction described here!
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