These notes are from the Don Meyer Leadership seminar and were sent to me by Steve Smiley. These are great concepts for both basketball coaches and basketball players.
-You can have anything you want, just not everything you want.
-Learn who you are and what your game is. Biggest turnoff is being fake.
-Effective better than Efficient.
-Your example isn’t the main way in leading others, it is the only way.
-Your example screams so loudly that they can’t hear what I am saying.
-“Leadership starts at the top.” Morgan Wooten
-Leadership: Like pornography, can’t explain it or describe it, but I know what it is when I see it.
-Pat Summitt: “Got to have guts to make the big decisions.”
-We are all free agents.
-TEAMS: Tough, Effort, Attitude, Motives, Servant Leaders
-Karl Malone missed 10 games in 14 NBA seasons.
-Find the need, fill the need. (What is – where you want to be = need assessment)
-Positive Leadership: Pessimist: “Things can’t get any worse.” Optimist: “Oh, yes they can.”
-2 types of people, energy givers and energy takers
-10 yr. stretch at Lipscomb, averaged 33 wins per season, after a win, couldn’t sleep-“how are we going to have an edge in practice tomorrow”
-Be Sound: teach fundamentals
-Be Solid: integrity, authenticity
-Be Simple: the more you think, the slower your feet get
-Not everyone can work the cash register, somebody has to sweep out the backroom. Sam Walton Story
-Study your opposition, but don’t be obsessed about your opposition.
-Humility precedes Honor
-Bum Philips, “If we make the playoffs, they will let us know.”
-Make up your own mission statement.
-Get praised and criticized when I shouldn’t.
-Simple Truths, 212 extra degree–Here is a link to the video that Coach Meyer is referring to:
(when you click the link, make sure that your speakers are on)
-Got to win when the ball doesn’t bounce our way.
-Start to watch the way successful coaches deal with people.
-People not changing: If the vaccine doesn’t work, quit applying the ointment to the infected area.
-You can whip a horse to run, but sometimes they will run faster if you whisper in their ear.
-Get mad, cool down, then act mad.
-“I don’t make decisions because they are convenient, easy, or popular, I make them because they are right.”
President of Notre Dame
Cancer Player: Malignant-cut it off
Benign-treat it and decide at end of season
Can’t decide-treat it as malignant (cut it off)
-Respond with wisdom, love, firmness and positive self-control when dissatisfied with the behavior, performance or response of others.
-Discipline and Demand without being Demeaning.
-“Huberis” to the extreme
-an arrogant leader who never thinks they are wrong / “and let me make this clear” / very difficult to play for
-“Cows don’t take days off.” Pat Summitt
-Hurts me to leave a task undone.
-Selfishness will kill your team.
-Just because you are elected doesn’t mean you can lead.
-You can elect your team captions, but your players will pick your leaders.
-Internal Control: whoever controls the locker room, controls the team.
-Leadership: you have to let go of your ego, be a follower first, influence others
-You must meet someone in your life that expects greatness from you.
-Expect Greatness, Inspect for Greatness, Accept only Greatness.
-Your legacy: never have a legacy if you don’t give your power away
-Inspect Supervision: be there physically, be there mentally
-Internal Leadership (characteristics of Leaders)
1) Hardest Worker 2) Take of care of stuff off the floor 3) Let the coaches take care of everything else
-everyday need a soft rain (reign) of leadership, like an irrigation system, can’t be too hard, will break the corn stalks off, need a slow and steady drizzle everyday
-Great practice needed from 1) Head Coach 2) Point Guard 3) Best Player
-Al McGuirre came back to Marquette to talk to Kevin O’Neill who just took the job, told him that the Jesuits just took a vow of poverty, (not going to get paid much), all the friends you made shaking hands the first week will desert you after 3 years, (they are just hanger-ons), and that you better have great practices.
-A coach needs creditability to confront.
-Building a positive culture takes a long time, doesn’t take long to lose it.
-Handle wins/loses the same way.
-Cause / Self (must have a cause bigger than yourself)
-Process / Results (can’t be a scoreboard watcher)
-Nothing more harmful to a team than the lack of discipline.
-Dick Bennett Badger Basketball, 1)see the picture 2)sell the picture 3)everyone has to help paint the picture
-Don’t set long term goals, we have to be the very best we can be today.
-Word of mouth – best selling practice, but the hardest to accomplish
-Book “Art of War” Sun Tzu
Need proper disciple, Can’t fear losing, Must face it together, Prepare for the worst, expect the best.
-The teacher always learns more than the students.
Good Businesses (time spent on problems)
Urgent Matters 20-25%
Non Urgent Matters 65-80%
Urgent Matters 25-30%
Non Urgent Matters 15%
Urgent Matters 15%
Non Urgent Matters 1%
Urgent Matters 50-60%
Non Urgent Matters 2-3%
*Be efficient by planning / prepare
1) get a system , any system
2) stick to it
3) write everything down
1) Plan the week on Sunday
2) plan the next day the night before
4) Say No
5) Take mini-vacations (long lunch, early leave)
6) keep a journal, not what you did, but what you learned
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