Sunday, May 31, 2009
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Wednesday, May 27, 2009
She was named the Russell Athletic/WBCA National Coach of the Year in 1994 and SWC/Big 12 Coach of the Year seven times. She served on the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Board of Directors and was its president from 2001-03.
Here is the link to register:
Coaches Academy Webinar #1
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
These five characteristics come from Kouzes and Posner’s research into leadership that was done for the book The Leadership Challenge.
It is important to exhibit these traits. Simply possessing each trait is not enough; you have to display it in a way that people notice. People want to see you demonstrating these traits–not just assuming that you have them. It isn’t enough to just be neutral. For example, just because you are not dishonest will not cause people to recognize that you are honest. Just avoiding displays of incompetence won’t inspire the same confidence as truly displaying competence.
The focus of each of these five traits needs to be on what people see you do–not just the things they don’t see you do. Being honest isn’t a matter of not lying–it is taking the extra effort to display honesty.
"There's only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self."
"Self-respect is a question of recognizing that anything worth having has a price."
"We are all something, but none of us are everything."
"Perhaps the most important thing we can undertake toward the reduction of fear is to make it easier for people to accept themselves, to like themselves."
"I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence."
"They cannot take away our self-respect
"To safeguard democracy the people must have a keen sense of independence, self-respect, and their oneness."
"Whatever games are played with us, we must play no games with ourselves."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson-
"When I go into the garden with a spade, and dig a bed, I feel such an exhilaration and health that I discover that I have been defrauding myself all this time in letting others do for me what I should have done with my own hands."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson-
Monday, May 25, 2009
It is a valuable lesson that I learned from coaching Temeka Johnson, now with the Phoenix Mercury. Make no mistake, Meek was a great leader for us during practice and games and an extension of the coaching staff -- but it was the leadership she gave us the other 21 hours during the day -- or during the off-season when we couldn't be around.
Her senior year, she took the team's four freshman out to dinner the night before our first official practice and told them what to expect from practice. She told them about each coach, her teammates, the structure of our practices and what they needed to do to succeed. She made sure that maximum effort was given in the weight room and during pick up games in the summer. She constantly spoke to the younger players of "the Lady Tiger Way," of handling everything from basketball, to academics, to conducting themselves in the proper way.
She was a guiding force for all of our players during her career -- on and off the court and what she did in terms of leading our team when the coaches weren't around was a major ignition in a run that lead to five consecutive Final Fours.
Today, Temeka continues to "lead" by having her own foundation, the HOPE Foundation in which she gives back to the community. You can learn more at: http://www.meekshope.org/. You can also follow Meek via Twitter at: http://twitter.com/Quickdeuce.
"We had a good spring, but I don't think the true team chemistry really surfaces until the summertime. The coaches are always with the guys in spring practice. In the summer, the coaches aren't there as much. That's when the true leadership starts to emerge. You start to see the core buy-in that everybody has in terms of how they go about what they do. They have to work with the strength and conditioning coaches. For the first time, the responsibility becomes theirs instead of somebody making them do it. That's where the true chemistry (develops); you see what the team might be."
Here is part of that article:
Through the first eight seasons of his career, Harper was a good player on two bad teams with the Cavs and later the Los Angeles Clippers. Ron Harper eventually decided he wanted to play for a winner, even if it meant a reduced role. Harper joined the Bulls just as Michael Jordan returned to the court after a brief retirement. When he arrived, Chicago coach Phil Jackson asked Harper to focus on defense.
"I lost a lot,'' said Harper, who saw his points-per-game drop from 20 to 6.9 when he left the Clippers for the Bulls in 1994. "But I wasn't disappointed about changing my role ― never, ever.''
Harper explained that he had matured as a player, and his goals had changed.
"When you first start playing basketball, you play for yourself at first. But as the years go on, you want to win a championship. As a kid you watch every team that wins a championship… and ultimately it's not about what you do, it's what the team does.''
"I knew that I was a good basketball player but I did not win a lot of games,'' Harper said of his time with the Cavs and Clippers. "To win the championship was my dream when I was growing up. But the only way to win a championship was to get to a good basketball team. You can score all the points you want on a team that's not going anywhere, but I wanted to go somewhere.''
As a player on teams with prolific scorers like Shaquille O'Neal and Michael Jordan, Harper didn't get the chance to take a lot of shots.
"I could score but it wasn't my role. My role was to pass the ball to the good players. You learn that it's all about playing team basketball. I didn't score points, but I helped the team win.''
"I played with the best player of all time. He's going to shoot more than me. I know I have to get the ball to him.''
Harper remembered his first meeting with Jackson.
Phil asked me, "how am I going to help this team" and I said "my job is to be a defensive player." and he said "you're going to play a lot then," Harper said.
"I knew what he wanted me to do, and I did it."
Here is the entire article:
For the Colts, character is a quality that can be measured just like height, weight, and speed. In fact, we put more emphasis on this area than we do in physical tools. Coaching ability or talent cannot make up for a lack of character. In the draft, there are only a few things that will knock a player out of consideration for our team, and this issue of character is one of them. We have a category on our evaluation form that is labeled "DNDC" - Do Not Draft Because of Character.What you do is not as important as how yo do it.
People who bend the rules to get ahead usually get caught in the long run. But even if they don't get caught, they will always know how they made it to the top. And at some deep-down level, they'll know that they're frauds and that maybe they didn't have what it took to accomplish such achievements on a level playing field.
My closes friends are people of high character -- and I don't hang around with people I can't trust.
Character begins with the little things in life. I must show that I can be trusted with each and every thing, no matter how trivial it may seem.
"Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones," wrote Phillips Brooks, an American clergyman in the 1800's.
Character is tested, revealed, and further developed by decisions we make in the most challenging times.
Outwardly, character reflects an inner life committed to honor and uncompromising integrity.
Albert Camus once said, "Integrity has no need of rules."
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Principle 1- Go All the Way: When you decide that quitting is not an option, you will soon be in the top 10 percent of your field. Odds are, ninety percent of your competition will simply give up!
Principle 2- Create a “Dream Team”: Ninety percent of success is determined by whom you associate with. So create a Dream Team of people around you who will encourage you through the toughest times.
Principle 3- Give Yourself a Pep Talk: It’s easy to get down when things aren’t going your way. After a bad luge run, sometimes I walk up and down the track for 20 minutes, saying: “I can do it! I will make it, because there’s always a way!” When you get down, pick yourself up and give yourself a pep talk.
Principle 4- Learn from Your Mistakes: High achievers believe that they will either do well at each task they tackle or they will learn something to help them win in future. As funny as it sounds, most successful people “fail their way upwards.” I was no different, crashing all the way to the top!
Principle 5-Recover Quickly: When winners make mistakes, they don’t waste time whining. They do whatever it takes to recover quickly, so they don’t lose their momentum. When a boxer gets knocked down, he has only 10 seconds to get back up. If he gets up in eleven seconds, he loses the fight. SO the next time you get knocked down, decide to act like a winner. Get up, take immediate action and make your dream a reality!
The real difference between a dream and wishful thing is what yo do day to day. John Ruskin, an English author, art critic, and social commentator, said, "What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do." To reach your dream, you must...
1. Do something.
The process starts by doing something-- doing anything if you are a naturally sedentary person or someone who is discouraged. Declaration of Independence signer John Hancock asserted, "All worthwhile people have good thoughts, good ideas and good intentions, but precious few of them every translate those into action.
2.Do something today that relates to your dream.
Runner, author, and cardiologist George Sheehan observed, "There are those of us who are always about to live. We are waiting until things change, until there is more time, until we are less tired, until we get a promotion, until we settle down -- until, until, until. It always seems as if there is some major event that must occur in our lives before we begin living." If you want to achieve your dreams, you cannot allow yourself to be one those people.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
PARCELLS: First, I think motivation has to be self-starting. I don't have the ability to motivate anybody that doesn't want to do it. I think people sometimes confuse motivation with proper direction. If I'm pretty sure the player wants to do it, then I've got to guide him properly toward where he wants to go. If that's called motivation, well, it's motivation, but I don't look at it quite like that. I think that sometimes people confuse proper direction with motivation. There have been other cases where you just have to call someone in and say, "This isn't any good. I'm not happy with it, you're not happy with it, the organization isn't happy with it. Where do you want to go from here? Do you want to go forward and upward and try to accomplish something, or do you want to just try to maintain what you're doing, because that's not going to be good enough around here for very long." That's a form of confrontation. You're not belittling the person, but you're telling him that what he's doing isn't good enough. You have to draw a fine line between people that just don't care and those that just need direction. Some of them won't be able to express to you which one of those things is bothering them. You're going to have to determine that yourself by watching them. If a guy is overweight, lazy and in poor condition, then I pretty much can determine that this guy doesn't really care that much about being good at what he's doing. On the other hand, if he's in tremendous condition and is a good practice player and is working very hard to get better, then I've got to think, "Well, I need to technically direct this guy better because he obviously wants to do it."
Saturday, May 16, 2009
"True success can be attained only through self-satisfaction in knowing that you did everything within the limits of your ability to become the very best that you are capable of becoming. Therefore, in the final analysis only the individual himself can correctly determine his success. You may be able to fool others, but you can never truly deceive yourself, except, perhaps, for a short time."
"You must have patience and realize that all worthwhile objectives take time...In the search for success you will constantly find yourself beset with adversity and you must have faith if you expect to reach your goal."
Friday, May 15, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
“The main goal of the offense is to get a shot you can make, a good shot, every time you have the ball. The quality of your passing determines the quality of your shots. Bad passing is a limitation on the number of things you can do.”
“There is no credibility to the cuts unless the player executed it with authenticity, i.e., believes he might receive the ball and therefore runs to get open, or to set something up for a teammate.”
“Shot selection – I’ll stop practice and ask how many of you liked that shot?”
Play the Man on Offense
Play the Ball on Defense
Don’t line up in the same place two possessions in a row.
“We don’t ask any kid to do something he is not capable of doing. Don’t put players in roles that they can’t be successful.”
“You have to win inside regardless of your post game. If you don’t have the solid post players you have score inside on angles – use curl, flash, back cut.”
“You must teach players how to dribble, pass, cut and screen – this is far more important than the alignment you use.”
“If you don’t have anything to complain about, you can always complain about screening.”
Screen away, the ball must see you before you screen.
Spacing on offense is very important. It’s very important to create space by teaching your players to read and react. To often kids don’t want to give up offensive position where they ‘might’ receive the ball. They need to sacrifice and move to create space for a teammate. Demand that they read what’s happening.
From “Building A Championship Offense” by Bob Ligouri
–76% of all field goals come from half cour to ffense
-The better the opponent, the fewer the transition points
-Transition baskets decrease in the post-season
-Transition baskets decrease on the road
Scorers must be located in different positions to put pressure on opponents.
“Bad shooters are always open”
Motion players must concentrate. There is nothing more important than concentration if you run motion.”
blackboard won’t win them the championship.”
—Pete Newell from A Good Man by Bruce Jenkins—
She who knows when to fight and when not to fight, wins.
She who knows when to use many or few troops, wins.
She who obtains the wholehearted support of her troops, wins.
She who is well prepared to seize favorable opportunities, wins.
She who can free herself from interference from superiors, wins.
Win Before you Fight
1. Ancient warriors first place themselves in an invincible position, then wait for the opportunity to defeat their enemies.
2. Master Sun is really saying that you need to know that every part of your battle plan—all strategies, tactics, and contingencies—are in place and certain to work well before the battle begins. Born in the midst of a civil war that lasted 550 years, Sun Tzu knew the only sure thing about a way, once it’s begun, is that there are no sure things.
3. The reason you need that ability is simple: No matter how hard you work, no matter how much you prepare, you will encounter things that you didn’t plan for once the fighting begins. You will have to adapt.
4. Victory Appears in Your Mind First: Victorious soldiers win first, then seek battle; vanquished soldiers fight first, then seek victory.
5. A winner experiences winning in her body, mind and soul before she even goes to fight the battle.
6. How do you achieve a winning attitude? Simply wanting to win, obviously, does not make you a winner, but it is the necessary first step. We all think we want to win, yet many love the joy of struggle far more than the joy of winning.
From "The Art of War for Women" by chin-ning chu