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September 1, 2016 / compassioninpolitics

John Wooden Leadership and Success Principles

Pyramid of Success by John Wooden (this is just the values):


Faith, Competitive Greatness, Patience

Poise, Confidence

Condition, Skill, Team Spirit

Self-control, Alertness, Initiative, Intentness

Industriousness, Friendship, Loyalty, Cooperation, Enthusiasm

Team Values from Coach Wooden:
1. Attitude
2. Hustle
3. Cooperativeness
4. Unselfishness
5. Team Player
6. Quickness (* For instance: Pro-activeness & Responsiveness)
7. Aggressiveness (* Probably better framed additionally as: Passion)
8. Timeliness (being on time when time is involved)
9. Personal habits (wonder how he unpacked this?)
10. Getting along with teammates

My Normal Expectations of Team Members (John Wooden):

1. Always be a gentleman.
2. Always be a team player.
3. Always be on time whenever time is involved.
4. Always be learning.
5. Always be enthusiastic, dependable and cooperative.
6. Always be earning the right to be proud and confident.
7. Always keep your emotions under control without losing fight or aggressiveness.
8. Be spirited, not temperamental.
9. Always work to improve, knowing you can never improve enough.

In the context of debate (or other sports):

Lifelong lessons about practice & persistence.

Dealing with challenges, setbacks, and failures (Losing well is a mindset &  process)

Ideals of respect:

  1. Respect for people (coaches, competitors, teammates, judges)
  2. Respect for ideas
  3. Respect for property

Three sets of values–the mindset of a leader & winner:  Honesty, Respect, and Fairness

Team & character values:

  • Enthusiasm (Energy/Passion)
  • Teamwork (Responsibility/Proactive)  (Unity/Cooperation/Shared Goals and Values)
  • Dedication and Commitment

See also Team sports & values (I have a list of team vakyes that was used by a volleyball team thats quite good that reflects the values of respect, fairness, and team).  I would also mention the Wooden video here on Compassion in Politics.

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