Covering the final chapter of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. How much time do we spend chipping away during a season without thinking back to sharpen the tools? Think smarter, not harder.
Effective communication start with listening. Learn about empathic listening from Habit 5 and how synergy puts it all together with Habit 6.
Covering Habit 3 ("First Things First") and Habit 4 ("Win/Win") we start talking about going from a plan in place to the physical steps taken to be successful.
Perspective is powerful. And as it relates to our actions it often starts with our perspective - paradigm - on the situation. Often the most skilled athletes are the most proactive. This could include getting up additional shots, asking questions to those with more experience, or identifying other ways to learn (e.g. film or social media). It could be inferred that those same athletes considered most proactive have a higher level of confidence in the agency of their future outcomes, not bound to any pre-determined outcome.
The first chapter titled 'Inside-Out' infers true change takes place from self-reflection of our own character as opposed to surface adjustments to our personalities to assuage judgment from others. Character Ethics is a principled approach to self-improvement and interpersonal effectiveness; while Personality Ethics are seen as manipulative actions to achieve short-term objectives. To immediately pull basketball into the conversation, an expected issue for any coach throughout a season is playing time.
During the ‘Hack-A-Shaq’ days Coach Phil Jackson would look to make situational substitutions to limit the number of times Shaq could be fouled late in games. But, after witnessing Shaq already hitting ten in a row it would be hard to take him out. Is that the right decision? Or do you play the odds?
Basketball is becoming more sabermetric with the increasing prioritization of analytics. And throughout all that data many coaches rely upon the law of averages for scouting purposes. There is a subconscious dependency on the existence of balance in the world and from a philosophical standpoint, this is similar to the practice of yin-and-yang.
Does Philosophy and Strategy Align with the Super Stars? With the contribution of the Zen Master - Phil Jackson - working with star athletes to debating Wilt v Russell. Superstars influence our coaching philosophies, which impact our team success.
Can a basketball court be a dojo, "a place of enlightenment" in which disciplined athletes train their hearts and minds through the pursuit of physical excellence? This weeks #BookClub takes six key principles that lead to success from four famous coaches. And Dickie V. and Billy Packer debate what is beautiful about basketball.
Arguments between purists and modernists are primarily about different visions of what basketball should be, not about which techniques work better. Fans of each generation have a subjective view of the best brand of basketball despite evidence of overlap between each era. During my day we played team defense. During my day we moved without the basketball. During my day, then just fill in the blank from what you have heard because everyone has a barbershop type story to tell.