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Wooden on Leadership: How to Create a Winning Organization Hardcover – April 26, 2005
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A compelling look inside the mind and powerful leadership methods of America’s coaching legend, John Wooden
Praise for Wooden on Leadership:
“What an all-encompassing Pyramid of Success for leadership! Coach Wooden’s moral authority and brilliant definition of success encompass all of life. How I admire his life’s work and concept of what it really means to win!”
--Stephen R. Covey, author, The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People and The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness
“Wooden On Leadership offers valuable lessons no matter what your endeavor. 'Competitive Greatness' is our goal and that of any successful organization. Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success is where it all starts.”
--Jim Sinegal, president & CEO, Costco
John Wooden’s goal in 41 years of coaching never changed; namely, to get maximum effort and peak performance from each of his players in the manner that best served the team. Wooden on Leadership explains step-by-step how he pursued and accomplished this goal. Focusing on Wooden’s 12 Lessons in Leadership and his acclaimed Pyramid of Success, it outlines the mental, emotional, and physical qualities essential to building a winning organization, and shows you how to develop the skill, confidence, and competitive fire to “be at your best when your best is needed”--and teach your organization to do the same.
Though he was better at it than almost anyone in American history, building a sports dynasty was never a goal for UCLA head coach John Wooden. Rather, it was Wooden’s passionate desire to teach his players how to become the best team they could be. To Wooden, “Competitive Greatness” was a tangible and teachable force.
One of the lesser-known aspects of Wooden’s career is the private notebooks in which he regularly recorded his observations, goals, and leadership concepts as they applied to basketball, success, and life. Wooden on Leadership draws from those personal notes to share practical and powerful leadership skills that anyone can use to improve performance and overcome self-imposed limitations.
Wooden on Leadership contains the best of Wooden’s observations, covering everything from teamwork (“It takes 10 hands to score a basket”) and self-control (“Emotion is the enemy”) to concentration (“Don’t look at the scoreboard”) and dealing with defeat (“Things turn out best for those who make the best of the way things turn out”). Featuring pivotal moments in Wooden’s own leadership journey, it explores the 15 fundamental leadership qualities--building blocks--of his famous Pyramid of Success, illustrating their relevance in building a winning organization. Each chapter concludes with Wooden’s “Rules to Lead By,” point-by-point action steps covering the chapter’s key concepts. along with pivotal moments in his own leadership journey.
“On Wooden” summary sections throughout the book feature penetrating insights on Coach Wooden’s leadership methods from players and coaches who worked with him during his career, including All-Americans Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Gail Goodrich, and David Meyers and assistant coaches Denny Crum, Gary Cunningham, and Eddie Powell. As participants and contributors to Wooden’s legacy, their words provide a revealing and personal perspective.
Wooden on Leadership reveals the leadership wisdom of John Wooden. It presents the core concepts, methods, and beliefs that Wooden used to teach his teams how to attain Competitive Greatness, and true personal success.
About the Author
John Wooden (1910-2010), guided the UCLA Bruins to ten NCAA basketball championships over a 12-year period, including four perfect seasons and an 88-game winning streak. He was named ESPN’s “Greatest Coach of the 20th Century” and voted “#1 Coach of All Time” by The Sporting News. Sports Illustrated said it best when they said: “There’s never been a finer man in American sports than John Wooden, or a finer coach.” In 2003 John Wooden was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Steve Jamison is America's foremost author and authority on the life and philosophy of John Wooden. Mr. Jamison is a consultant to the UCLA Anderson Scool of Business’ John Wooden Global Leadership Program. He has collaborated with Coach Wooden on an award-winning PBS presentation as well as several books, including the classic book on teaching and mentoring, Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections.
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99% of people will say, "THE DEVIL is in the details". John Wooden says, "SUCCESS is in the details." In his basket ball practices, John Wooden takes care of every detail down to wearing your socks properly, or drinking room temperature water so that you do get cramps.
The TEAM wins the game. Not the player. As John summarizes "It takes 10 hands to make a basket." So many basket ball insights can be simply applied over to business and investing. A wonderful and refreshing read.
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There aren’t many negative reviews of the book, but those that were negative tended to fault it for the fact that most of Wooden’s insights can be taken as aphorism or that there was little added by his stories. I disagree with both of these criticisms. I have found that the principles of leadership articulated across a wide range of books are pretty consistent and pretty straightforward. Actually adhering to him, by contrast, is extremely hard to do. And, that’s where the book’s examples and Wooden’s accounts of them are extremely helpful. I came away from reading all his stories with a pretty firm conviction that what Wooden had was the ability to consistently practice the principles of leadership, and as is the case with succeeding at basketball, succeeding as a leader really boils down to applying his pyramid for success to the act of leading day in and day out. Yes, this insight is neither earth shattering nor revolutionary. It’s simply right.
For example, Coach Wooden's description of his revision of the definition of "Team Spirit" is very instructive and insightful. He realized that it was not enough for his players to be "willing" to sacrifice for the good of the team; he wanted them to be "eager" to make such sacrifices. This and many other observations in this book are profound. The book provides a very useful and detailed guide that can help any leader (or person) make significant improvements.