8 Negatives From Bobby Knight

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ELMENDORF AIR FORCE, Alaska — Coach Bobby Knight, Texas Tech University basketball, watches his players practice at the fitness center here Nov. 21. Coach Knight spoke with Airmen and Soldiers before his team began practicing for the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout. The basketball tournament took place Nov. 20-24 at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage. Texas Tech lost to Butler University 81-71 in the championship game Nov. 24. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jonathan Steffen) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here is an article from Success.com that derives from Coach Bobby Knight’s book titled “The Power of Negative Thinking.”  The title of the book makes it unconventional but from what I have heard about it (Haven’t read it just yet); it really is just a unique way of looking negative words or statements and turning them into positive thoughts that allow you to become successful.  Once I get a chance to read this, I will give a much better report.  For now, here is the article:

8 ‘Negatives’ You Can Learn from Bobby Knight

Bob Knight is a glass-half-empty kind of guy. As one of the most iconic basketball coaches in the college game, Knight has grabbed 902 wins, three NCAA championships, four National Coach of the Year awards and Olympic gold medals for his Team USA. Something bold was behind those achievements. And it wasn’t optimism. It was what he calls “negative thinking.”

In his new book, The Power of Negative Thinking (Amazon Publishing, March 2013), the long-time Indiana Hoosiers coach shows how bad coaching is the same as poor leadership. According to Knight, unrealistic optimism won’t win you anything, not a game or a business deal. So what does Knight mean by negative thinking?

“What seems too good to be true usually is,” Knight writes. “There is a genuine need to be cautious, to look both ways before crossing any streets in life. Paying attention to the downside is a difficult but essential quality for achieving long-term success in any occupation or family situation.”

Here are some of his takeaways about the power of negative thinking:

Failure is about mistakes. And success is about preparation. To succeed, you must eliminate mistakes. “Victory favors the team making the fewest mistakes.”

Preparation is key. You can’t depend on pure hope and crossing fingers if you want to experience success.

The negatives “no” and “don’t” are important for setting parameters. Knight considers these the greatest words in the English language. They are firm and final—and they bring positive results.

Leaders help their “players” understand their personal strengths and weaknesses. “That’s how teams win: by playing to their strengths and away from weaknesses.”

Get rid of the ideas that don’t work anymore. If it was valuable once and isn’t anymore, throw it out and move on to the next idea that will allow you to grow. Knight knows passion is vital, but “driving that passion into a ditch is pure stupidity.” It is the ability to adjust, to transform the game plan, that will boost success.

Ditch your comfort zone. A leader will know when a teammate’s norm isn’t cutting it—hearing that negative feedback is essential, says Knight. It will help you realize that you won’t move forward or win if you stay inside that zone.

Utilize “negative imaging” and prepare for potential problems. This is where the “if…then…” model comes into play. Gather information and plan goals with multiple courses of action, and you’ll better your chances of success. If something happens to put you off track, then go to the next option.

Demand results. To win, you have to demand action and expect the utmost productivity out of your employees. “Successful leadership is [about] being hard to please.”

Knight intertwines his story of basketball glory with the key aspects of his cautious and conscientious approach to leadership. Much of this bracing book rings true, but at SUCCESS, we believe a leader can stay realistic and cautious while fostering a warm, positive atmosphere and keeping clear goals alive before his or her team.

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Coaching – Book of the Week!

Cover of "A Coach's Life"

Cover of A Coach’s Life

This week I will share with you the first coaching book that I read back when I was a college student at Ursinus College in Pennsylvania.  The book is an autobiography on Coach Dean Smith the former head coach at the University of North Carolina and is titled “A Coach’s Life.”  I remember vividly reading this book and thinking to myself; man I can’t wait to become a coach!  The book looks back on Coach Smith’s 40 years of coaching at the collegiate level and is full of great stories from his times at North Carolina.  This book is a great read and a must for any coach.  Enjoy!

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Coaching – Book of the Week!

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Cover of Outliers: The Story of Success

This week I will share my thoughts on a great book written by Malcolm Gladwell titled Outliers: The Story of Success.  Malcolm Gladwell studied what made the most successful people in the world different.  What he found and what he explains in various short stories is that most people look at what successful people are like instead of looking at where they are from.  Throughout the book you will learn from Gladwell’s stories what made The Beatles so successful, how Jewish males became the best attorneys, why Asians are good and math, and many more secrets to success.  This is a great book and very easy to read!  Enjoy!

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Book of the Week!

Beyond BasketballThis week the book I chose to share with you is Coach K’s book titled Beyond Basketball. A tremendous read, that is full of insightful philosophies on winning, success, motivation, and lessons that can be used every day both on and off the court. Coach K is obviously one of the most successful coaches in any sport at any level. I read this book a few years back and have taken advice from the book that I utilize not only in my coaching; but also in my everyday life! I know any coach will enjoy this read; but anyone looking to be successful and find ways to think outside the box should give this book a try.

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Coaching – Book of the Week!

51nWthcPL2LHere is the second book of the week for you. This book is titles “Never Eat Alone” and was written by Keith Ferrazzi. Many of you will be wondering how this book connects to basketball and coaching. I am here to tell you that this book is fantastic! It will teach you ways to expand your network, help you become a better recruiter, and will help you build and maintain better relationships in coaching and in your personal life. I read this book a few years back and I still pick it up from time to time for a refresher on certain topics. It is a must read for just about everyone. I don’t think you will be disappointed. You can also follow Keith Ferrazzi on Twitter at @keithferrazzi for some great tweets that will provide you great advice and inspiration. Enjoy!

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Colin Powell’s 13 Rules of Leadership

51FXg6-S45LJust received and email from The Coaching Insider that shared Colin Powell’s 13 Rules of Leadership from his book “It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership.”
Here is the link that shares the 13 Rules of Leadership:

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Coaching – Book of the Week!

John WoodenOne way that I have successfully molded my coaching philosophy has been through reading. I have a large library of books and most of them pertain to coaching, leadership, motivation, relationship building, and success. In reading these books, I have gained invaluable knowledge that has and will continue to help me in life and in my coaching career. My favorite books are biographies of successful people and coaches. I love to read these books and look directly at what these successful people have done in their lives and how they got to be successful. In doing so, I have found common traits in all of them. The most common traits I have found are a passion for life and their trade, dedication, hard work, innovation, positive attitudes, well-educated (book smarts and/or street smarts), self-motivated, and great leadership skills.
Each week, I will share with you the book of the week and hope that I can share some knowledge that I have gained through these books and hope that you can return the favor. I am always looking for new books to pick up so please share your favorites. You can email them to me at coachtimmcdonald@gmail.com
This week I will share one of my all-time favorite books: Coach John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success: Building Blocks For a Better Life. If you are a coach of any sport at any level and have not read this book, I can’t recommend it enough! Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success is utilized by sports teams at all levels as well as major Fortune 500 companies and helps these teams and organizations continue to grow and become more successful.