Lesson from a great NBA coach

Phil Jackson is regarded as one of the greatest coaches in National Basketball Association (NBA) history. And for good reason. Jackson won 11 NBA Championships as a coach (and another two as a player for the New York Knicks in the 1970’s). His 11 championships rank him first all-time among NBA coaches.

Great coaching of course requires great preparation. Successful coaches, like Jackson, study their competition and devise strategies to exploit their opponent’s weaknesses. When these strategies are effective, the team wins and the coach is considered a success.

But great coaches do more than just plan. They motivate their teams to execute. Planning is important; but if teams don’t carry out the strategies as planned, the team will fail. This quote from Phil Jackson reinforces this idea:
“Once you’ve done the mental work, there comes a point you have to throw yourself into the action and put your heart on the line. That means not only being brave, but being passionate towards yourself, your teammates and your opponents.”

Prepare in great detail. Do the mental work. And once you have, immerse yourself in the implementation of the plan. Execute with passion. This is great advice from a coach who has motivated teams to perform at the very highest level. Your team can too, if you plan thoroughly and throw yourself into the action.

Thanks for reading,
Jim

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