The book closes with sustainability. Reflecting from the harvest of the product that has been built and maintaining balance moving forward. The work doesn't end as soon as the season is over. The good news is what has been built can be a blueprint for future opportunities.
At the end of the day, the seed which we plant is cultivated daily by how we teach, the decisions we reinforce, and the practices that are designed. When we talk about Water The Bamboo we are talking about the effect of compound interest, or lack thereof during our season. From this section of the book what we find out is the connection between the three and how it can impact our cumulative growth.
This week's Book Club covers building relationships and the contributing characteristics ("Tools") necessary for the growth of any program or organization. The Coaching Question pertains using the tools from this section to shape a winning habit.
At the end of our season, one of our conversations in the locker-room was about "Watering The Bamboo." It had been briefly mentioned following a loss about our time spent now will impact our experiences in the future - little did we know to the extent.
At Marquette, Crean wanted us to see the big picture. “We are going to win,” he said. “You guys need to be competitors in everything you do. Whether it’s in basketball or business, you need to want to kick people’s ass.”
The ball talks in the Princeton Offense. A read-and-react style of play that looks to take advantage of any defender's first move. The clip above is a compilation of clips from Christian Brothers University during the Mike Nienaber era.
Key Takeaways Implications of Leadership15 Minute Competitive Advantage ALL OF US WANT CONFIDENCE THAT OUR INVESTMENTS OF MONEY, TIME, EFFORT, OR LOYALTY WILL LEAD TO POSITIVE RESULTS.PAGE 325 The last two books have intentionally focused on content related to confidence; this could be in terms of individually or collectively as a team or organization. In … Continue reading Confidence: Life Lessons
Key Takeaways: Cornerstones of ConfidenceChange & TimePay Attention to Discrete Actions Previously discussed from Losing Streaks were concepts of doom loops or feeling stuck in the middle when perceived as failing. Part II of the book pertains to getting out of a downward spiral through the foundational Cornerstones of Confidence. Subsequently, each chapter incorporates a … Continue reading Confidence: Turn It Around
Key Takeaways: Kanter's LawDoom LoopsLow Expectation = Low Results "Kanter's Law" - Everything can look like a failure in the middle - applies even within a single game. PAGE 67 Confidence seems more abstract while winning. It becomes harder to explain because things have a tendency to just fall in place. There is a rhythm … Continue reading Confidence: Losing Streaks
Key Takeaways: Talent ThresholdGreat ExpectationsSequence of Success Before every free throw during my college playing days, I'd receive the ball from the official hold it on the outside of my right hip then recite, "Confidence is the key." Sometimes it seems as if there are only two states of being: boom or bust.PAGE 3 Confidence … Continue reading Confidence: Winning Streaks