Tuesday, June 4, 2013


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 Jerry West:

1. You work with people. You don’t manage them. Different people need to be treated in different ways. Learn all of their personalities. Use a gentle approach.
2. Don’t use emails, because they’re too impersonal. Verbal communication is extremely important.
3. Read all the time from biographies, self-help books, and books on leadership.
4. Get some good mentors who are older then you and are bright, wise, and have been around. Don’t go to people who will tell you what you want to hear.