Building Winning Teams: A John Wooden Type Perspective

What Makes A Great Team?

The answer is obvious and simple. Great team members make great teams! Okay, now that we have that out of the way, how do we put great team members together to form a team and from where do great team members come and just what makes these great team members play together in such a way that they become known as great!

There are, of course, many philosophies of playing, teaching and coaching that would make a huge difference in building great teams, whether those teams are on the field, the court or in business. The most prominent aspects of great teams might be coaching, the players, the organizational framework of the team or the strategy the team employs to accomplish whatever its goal is.

Let's take a look at the coaching element first. The following is a list of the some of the best coaches in sports history after which you can view the video to see and hear the impact of one of the finest coaches of all time had on his players.

Hey Coach!
Hey Coach!

The Coach?

Coaching is an art and a science. Great ones combine the two and every great coach, in my humble opinion, knows one thing the rest don't; how to bring out the best in people! Yes, they know the mechanics of their chosen trade but every great coach in every activity knows how to motivate his personnel to do the very best they possibly can in any circumstance. Not every coach is known or famous, but every great one is known and famous amongst his or her team. The following is a list of the some of the best coaches in sports history after which you can view the video to see and hear the impact one of the finest coaches of all time had on his players.

The Impact of a Great Coach

There's More To A Team Than a Coach

As great a coach as John Wooden was, and he was my favorite of all time, there is so much more to building a great team than just a great coach. There are lessons here though we can all take away from this segment. They are:

  • There's more to coaching than winning.
  • There's more to winning than being coached.
  • John Wooden proved that building great teams starts with developing it team members.
  • Not all of his players were great when they came to him. Yes, they were some of the very best in the nation. But all of them learned something great from him. They learned what they were capable of if they accepted the principles of noble character, believed in themselves, learned the fundamentals and applied all of it to their lives.
  • Great coaches contribute two things to our world; they teach us how to build great teams and great people.

It doesn't matter whether it's sport or business, vocation or avocation, building great teams follows the same rule and that rule is always put people first ! Yes, it is the team that accomplishes more than the individual, but those who forget that the team does not exist without the individual, loses the team, and the game!

Join me for Part II of "Building Great Teams" when we take a look at a team members role in the development of a great team!

Thank you for investing your time with me here today! I am indeed grateful for your participation on our team in the game of life!

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I would be interested in your comments. Who is your favorite coach of all time? 15 comments

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Dee aka Nonna 4 years ago

Actually my favorite coach of all time was mother who understood the art of nurturing the individual while building the best family unit (team) that I've ever known. She made us believe in "us" and the importance of our individual contribution to our family and she made us believe in each other. I tried to bring that to my family and the principals of that to my workplace, but it only worked with people who didn't try to "one-up" another.

Great hub...voted up....looking forward to part 2.


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Dee aka Nonna 4 years ago

My favorite coach would be my mother. She nurtured each of us as the individuals we were and helped us understand the importance of helping and being their for each other. I tried to pass this on with my family and in the workplace...it only worked when people understood the comcept of "we" not "me" and put aside the one-up of another.

This is great informaton and I'm looking forward to part 2. Voted up and useful.


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Born2care2001 4 years ago from Asheville NC Author

What a great perspective about a mother and the family unit as a coach and a team! I'm thankful that she was there for you as she indeed, turned out a fine team player!!! I understand about trying to pass it on in the work place. Please don't quit trying though, you may connect with another catalyst and start a chain reaction of teamwork!

Thanks Nonna!


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Dee aka Nonna 4 years ago

Sorry about my comment showing up twice. I was writing my comment and did something, or I thought I did, and it disappeared off the screen. I retyped it and they both show up in different time frames...how odd. Anyway, I still like your hub.


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Born2care2001 4 years ago from Asheville NC Author

Okay Nonna,

So now that we know you are human I guess we can dispense with formalities, yes? LOL! I'm just gonna have to appreciate your comments twice as much!!!

Bruce


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molometer 4 years ago

Hi Bruce, this was a pleasant and interesting read. I never was much of a joiner and spent my youth boxing except for one year playing rugby. I learned there that the team really is important. And someone who can run fast lol.

Great hub voted up.


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Born2care2001 4 years ago from Asheville NC Author

Hi Michael and Thank You!

As a teacher and someone who has experienced different cultures I consider it a real honor to have you read my work. For whatever reason you chose to spend some time here I am truly grateful.

Boxing and Rugby are two great sports. I have never participated in either one but can appreciate the athleticism required in both. This fact also indicates to me that you understand perfectly what I tried to convey in this hub so it makes it all the more satisfying that you gave it a vote up.

See you on your next hub!!!

Bruce


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phdast7 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Good morning Bruce. This hub caught my eye this morning. Maybe because my grandson is playing baseball. I haven't followed a sport in a while. I played volleyball in high school and as a college freshman and the youngest of my three sons played basketball for three years in high school.

But as you pointed out coaching, training and building people up is essential in so many arenas,not just sports. Very interesting Hub and the video interview with Wooten and his payers / now coaches was quite revealing. Good stuff. Theresa


Sooner28 3 years ago

I really like Wooden and his pyramid of success. Glad to see someone writing about it. Voted up!


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Born2care2001 3 years ago from Asheville NC Author

Yeah Baseball!

I hope you are at the games with him. I know both of you would enjoy it tremendously! I played some form of the game from the time I was 8 and my mother or grandmother never came to a game. It would have meant the world to me! (My mom did watch me play one college football game)

I loved my parents, but sadly and gratefully, my coaches have always had more influence in the development of my character than my parents. (I'm not actually sure whether that has been good or bad. LOL)


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Born2care2001 3 years ago from Asheville NC Author

Hey Sooner28!

Thanks for reading this hub and commenting! It wouldn't take a brain surgeon to associate your moniker with one of the greatest, if not the greatest, football coaches that ever lived, Bud Wilkinson of Oklahoma! When I was growing up there were only three coaches in football that demanded his kind of respect. Bear Bryant of Alabama, Joe Paterno of Penn State (sadly marred by the present circumstances) and Bud Wilkinson of Oklahoma.

Looking back, only Wilkinson can boast 47 straight college victories and a little known fact that is even more remarkable...it never rained on an Oklahoma home football game while he was coach!

I'm posting this link so you and others can learn about this remarkable coach!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bud_Wilkinson


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phdast7 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Joshua is nine and I make about 1 in 3 of his games - not because they are so far away, but because I am expected to teach late after,noon, early evening classes two days a week. It is easier when they play on the weekends, which they do, so that helps. The youngest Matthew has his first game this coming Tuesday and he is only six. I have to admit, that seems awfully young to me, but he has very involved and supportive parents....and you turned out all right! :) Theresa


Sooner28 3 years ago

OU does have a proud heritage. Stoops is a good coach, but he's no Wilkinson.


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Born2care2001 3 years ago from Asheville NC Author

You called it Sooner28,

I still like the OU program!

Thanks for the interest and peace be with you!

Bruce


Sooner28 3 years ago

You too.

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