Jamie's Thought of the Day - 5/19/2014
Last week, on May 15 to be exact, Dan Rusanowsky and I attended the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) Coffee with Coaches luncheon at Sharon Heights G&CC. Dave Flemming did a wonderful job emceeing the event while the three member panel shared some great stories and advice on developing players, a winning culture and keeping things in perspective. Here are some of the messages that resonated for me:
Stanford Football Head Coach, David Shaw
Coach Shaw talked about the importance of establishing a culture in a college football program where teams often have over 100 players. The need to attract and recruit players that are the 'right fit' are of utmost importance. He also talked about what an amazing, selfless athlete Andrew Luck is and how it was always about the team first. Andrew embodied the concept of making others better and has taken his leadership and athletic gifts to be a successful quarterback in the NFL.
Cal Bears Woman's Basketball Head Coach, Lindsay Gottlieb
Coach Gottlieb discussed the diversity of her players and how they use that as a calling card to really become a team and play for each other. The players recognize everyone has a different and interesting story and they follow the example of the leaders on the team who work hard regardless of the situation and that is why Gottlieb's Cal Bears have been so successful the past three seasons.
Football Hall of Famer, Steve Young
Steve Young spoke very highly of Bill Walsh and how Coach Walsh had a holistic approach to integrating all the players on the team. Young said it was this integration of players that helped them respond in a positive manner in big game situations. The players trusted each other, played for each other and they brought the best out in each other and ultimately that was what helped them from being a good team, to being a great team.
Culture, diversity, integration - great lessons and stories from three inspirational leaders.
Thanks to the Positive Coaching Alliance Bay Area Chapter for the invitation and putting on such a great event.
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