Wooden’s Wisdom — Volume 3, Issue 138
September 1, 2021
This favorite quote of Coach Wooden was a cornerstone of the way he approached life and leadership.
Coach described the person he admired most, his father Joshua Wooden, this way: He was consistent in word and deed, a model of the strength and confidence that comes with character.
At the core of Coach Wooden’s leadership model was honesty. It could be said that when intention = deed, a firm foundation of honesty is established.
In his book Practical Modern Basketball, Coach described the critical importance of intention = deed (honesty) as follows:
Coach’s commitment to total honesty (his intention = deed) changed the pre-season speech he gave his team. Steve Jamison, in one of many excellent books he did with Coach Wooden, described the change:
Wooden’s Leadership Game Plan for Success:
By the time Coach Wooden arrived at UCLA, his message to the players at the beginning of each season was as follows: "I will not like you all the same, but I will love you all the same. Furthermore, I will try very hard not to let my feelings interfere with my judgment of your performance. You will receive the treatment you earn and deserve."
Coach Wooden’s pre-season intent matched his deeds. A rock-solid foundation was built.
Yours in Coaching,