We were blessed this weekend to have Jim Jabir as our guest speaker at the Gary Blair Coaching Academy. Coach Jabir had two sessions with our coaches, one on Building Your Culture and the other on The Phoenix Transition Offense. Here are a few notes from his lecture on culture.
Goals vs. Process
Goals can cause you to lose sight on what you need to be doing at that moment.
It's like climbing a mountain. If you are constantly looking at the top of the mountain as you climb, you're going to misstep and fall. They key is to keep your eye on each single step and step by step you'll arrive to the top of the mountain.
What do people see when they see your team?
You must have a philosophy/program of substance -- it must be bigger than the game.
Coach Jabir wants his program to represent unselfishness, intelligence and playing hard.
Important to control what you can control.
Greatest compliment he's received as a coach was at a recruiting event. He was on another court when someone came up to him and told him there was a "Dayton player" over on court 1 -- meaning there was a player that displayed the characteristics that this person related to being a Dayton player. When Coach Jabir went to the court to check the player out, it turned out to be one that had committed to him earlier.
First thing he did when getting hired at Dayton was write "FAMILY" on the board and then outline all that it meant.
"Greatness comes from being consistent in your belief system."
Coach Jabir wants kids that love each other and will win because they want to win for each other.
It's a game of trust. You can't love someone you don't trust.
We talk about "what" but we don't talk about "why" enough.
Great leaders inspire action.
It's not enough to give a kid a role -- you have to help them understand it and it's importance.
Has had the opportunity to observe Geno and the big thing with him is that he challenges them every day.
You can't be good at everything...what's your team equipped to do? Work on that.
Are you "complaint" or are you "compelled."
Everyone says they want to play fast but do they want to do all that it takes to successfully play fast...painful work...discipline.
Archie Miller sign in locker room "Do Your Job" (Patriots)
Don't hype your opponent -- be factual.
Advancing in the post season is believing in what we do.
Coach Jabir doesn't use conditional statements -- doesn't say "if."
You need a certain level of stress to succeed. Create stress levels in practice but reward them when they get it right.
Be in the present!
Can't be afraid of making a mistake.
Great players aren't great by coincident.