Steve Jobs, CEOs and Basketball Coaches

In 2009, I asked if CEOS and basketball coaches were similar. I cited an article by Stanford professor Bob Sutton who wrote:

Jeff Pfeffer published a paper in 1977 in the Academy of Management Review showing that leader’s actions rarely account for more than 10% of the variation in organizational performance, and often, account for much less. […]

Beginning the Coaching Process: Think, Plan, Do

Clive Woodward is the British Olympic Association’s Director of Elite Performance. Previously, he led England to the 2003 Rugby World Cup. After the World Cup victory, he wrote Winning! about the experiences leading up to the triumph.

“Think, Plan, Do” was something of a personal mantra or philosophy that he used whenever presented with a new opportunity. When he accepted his first job coaching a club rugby team – Henley – he writes: […]

Defining a Good Coach

I taught an undergraduate class titled “Coaching Basketball” in the fall semester with a curriculum based on the Level 1 Youth Basketball Coaching Association certification.

On the final exam, one question asked the students to describe the qualities and characteristics of a good coach. While not a scientific study, and possibly influenced by what the students felt the professor wanted to hear, the most common responses were:

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Learning from NFL Coaches

Coaching in the NFL and coaching youth basketball differ in innumerable ways. However, a youth coach can learn from players’ comments about the best coaches in the NFL. Sporting News recently rated the NFL coaches and asked a player to comment on his coach and his position in the rankings. What types of characteristics and Read more about Learning from NFL Coaches[…]

Things that Great Coaches Think

The big story in women’s basketball over the past couple days has been the culture of fear and intimidation created by Oregon State University women’s basketball coach LaVonda Wagner, who ultimately was fired. Perhaps Wagner could have learned a lesson from Stanford professor and management expert Bob Sutton, author of Weird Ideas that Work. In Read more about Things that Great Coaches Think[…]