Motivational Quotes

Phil Jackson

Phil Jackson (Photo credit: Keith Allison)

Here are a few motivational quotes for you.  Enjoy!

  • Shallow men believe in luck, believe in circumstances: it was somebody’s name, or he happened to be at the right place at the right time, or it was so then and another day it would have been different. Strong men believe in cause and effect.–Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • The average person puts only 25 percent of his energy and ability into his work. The world takes off its hat to those who put in more than 50 percent of their capacity, and stands on its head for those few and far between souls who devote 100 percent. —Andrew Carnegie
  • Whether it’s in business, politics, education, or athletics, there has to be respect and loyalty for the leader. Success or failure depends on it. There are three questions from the leader that must be answered affirmatively by the group members if the group needs assurance that it can reach its desired goal. Can I trust you? Are you committed? Do you respect or care about me? If the individual can answer yes to their leader to these three questions, even greatness is within their grasp.–Lou Holtz
  • I feel more strongly about this than anything else in coaching. Anybody who lacks the discipline who does not want to be a part of the team, who doesn’t want to meet the requirements has to go. It’s that simple.–Bud Wilkinson
  • When everyone on our team believes that our own personal signature is on everything our team does—then we have a chance to be a great team. And not until we believe that every ball we play with has our team’s name on it will we be proud of our performance.
  • Almost everyday in this job, there is a challenge of some sort to the team’s unity. A person pulling apart, maybe a guy on the bench exerting his own challenge to the system whether he’s stepping out of his role or having developed it too far or maybe the guy’s just moody.–Phil Jackson

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Team Building

English: Former basketball player Michael Jordan

English: Former basketball player Michael Jordan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here is a six step list to developing a cohesive team.  I found this in the Coaching and Leadership Journal.  The article also deals with team building and goal setting.  Enjoy!

Step One: Set the team goal. All team members work together by fulfilling their roles and helping each other to succeed.

Step Two: Determine the roles that are necessary for the team to succeed. Emphasize that all roles are of equal importance.

Step Three: Carefully evaluate and place the right team members in the right roles. Explain what that role is and why it is important to the team.

Step Four: Allow each team member to develop within that role. They must be given freedom to create new and better ways to do the job.

Step Five: Evaluate, evaluate, evaluate.

Step Six: Hold regular meetings to ensure everyone understands the team goals and other aspects of team play.

7 Leadership Lessons From Phil Jackson

200px-Phil_Jackson_3_croppedHere are some great leadership lessons from Phil Jackson that were shared with me in an email from the Coaching Insider.

1. Willingness To Coach The Best: Phil wasn’t scared of coaching the best and showed them how to be even better. His leadership brought out the legendary best from the likes of Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant. Great leaders take on the best, and build a great supporting cast around them. That’s how championships are won.
2. Win Without The Coach:
Phil prepared his teams in a manner that allowed them to believe in themselves and get it done without his direct supervision. He taught his team how to play through long stretches without timeouts or his direct interaction. He schooled his players more than just execution; he made them great leaders and confident thinkers. Great leaders prepare teams to perform at a high-level, even in the leader’s absence.
3. Mastered The 3-Peat:
Phil was able to “3-Peat” several times with several teams. He not only won championships, but he did it again and again and again. The one time he didn’t 3-Peat, he just repeated again. He even said it in his closing press conference upon his retirement, that the thrill of chasing the “3-Peat” is always a great challenge. Great leaders don’t want their teams to just win, but to win again and again.
4. Created A Culture Of Winning:
Creating a culture of winning comes with extreme give-and-take, strategy, encouragement, and believing in those you lead. It requires taking the best basketball players on the globe, and meshing them role players and players with quirky personalities like Dennis Rodman and Ron Artest. He created a culture of focused chemistry that made all players valuable and maximized potential in everyone. The number-one priority in coaching–and leading–is to create a strong team culture by developing leadership, empowerment, communication, authentic care for others, relationships, trust, and motivation.
5. Cool, Calm and Collected:
Phil Jackson was one of the most calm and collected coaches in the game. He would sit on the sidelines, as cool as the other side of the pillow, even under immense pressure. This translated to his team taking on that same persona. Teams feed off of their leader; if their leader demonstrates a “we got this” mentality, it’s destined to rub off on the players.
6. He Knows When It’s His Time:
Phil retired into the sunset of Montana to relax for a season. He stated that he has had a good 20-year run of coaching, and now it’s time to give some of the younger coaches an opportunity. Some leaders don’t know when their time has passed, and they make it rough on an entire organization. It’s important to remember, just because you take a pause, a rest, a vacation, or a sabbatical does not mean that you might not have one more run in you at a later date. Know your time. Know your seasons.
7. Great At Selling His Leadership Style To Players:
Phil’s style, especially his triangle offense, was not an easy sell. He was able to elevate the importance of his unique style of coaching to a place of relevance so high that the best players to ever play the game, such as Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant, bought into it. If a leader has a style worth its salt, team members will gladly buy in. Phil Jackson never tried to be someone else; take it or leave it, the “Zen Master” was the “Zen Master.”