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Saturday, July 30, 2011

ACKNOWLEDGING CONTRIBUTIONS

The following comes from an interview by John Maxwell of Coach Wooden.  Obviously there are many coaches who adhere to the philosophy of a player signaling to a teammate after a good pass.  But do we as coaches and human beings look ways and opportunities to acknowledge the contributions of those that we work with and live with on a daily basis?

In 2003, when I interviewed UCLA basketball coach John Wooden, he told me how he would often teach his players who scored to give a smile, wink, or not to the player who gave them a good pass. “What if he’s not looking?” asked a team member. Wooden replied, “I guarantee he’ll look.” Everyone enjoys having his contribution acknowledged.