In 2008, Pat Williams, the GM of the Orlando Magic and a tremendous motivational speaker put out a book, "The Ultimate Coaches' Clinic." It is a fascinating book because of the style Pat utilized. He surveyed over 1000 coaches and administrators for insights to what is important to successfully do their job. It is a great book to own and I highly recommend it. Here are some thoughts from Tony LaRussa:
• It is always about the players, not you. Every thought, every day must be about helping them get better.
• There is no problem that you will ever face that does not have a solution. It is your job to keep working until you come up with an answer. Don’t give up.
• Stay ahead of situations, which will help slow the game down. You must stay on top of every issue during the game.
• Take everything personally. You are responsible, so be accountable to yourself. Manage in such a way that you will have no regrets.