- Attentiveness to Detail You must prepare to win in order to be a winner. Failure to prepare is preparing to fail.
- Impartiality This is a must, but you must remember that you must not treat everyone alike as they are all different. Give each one the treatment earned and deserved.
- Teaching Skill It isn’t enough that you know the game, you must be able to teach it. Follow the laws of learning.
- Discipline Most essential for proper concentration and group organization.
- Affability The coach must be of an affable disposition because of the various groups with who he must associate.
- Forcefulness You must be firm without being bullheaded.
- Alertness Constant observation of all going on around and about are necessary for improved learning and decision making.
- Optimism The pessimist isn’t likely to produce a confident team that will play near to their full capability.
- Desire to Improve Lack of ambition will result in complacency and laziness.
- Vision A Picture of the possible must be shown to your players to provide a goal for them.
- Consideration For Others You must be truly considerate of others if you expect them to be considerate of you. You must listen to them if you want them to listen to you.
- Resourcefulness You must be ever ready to make necessary adjustments according to the situation and the personnel that you have available.
- Cooperativeness An essential for all who work with others and are dependent on others in various ways.
- Leadership Trust be commanded, not demanded. Others are working with you, not for you. Be interested in finding the best way rather than having your own way.
- Industriousness There is no substitute for work. Worthwhile things should never be easy to attain.
- Enthusiasm If you are to stimulate others, your heart must be in your work. Enthusiasm brushes off upon those with whom you come in contact.
- Sympathy You must be truly interested in those under your supervision and be sympathetic with their problems.
- Self-control Good judgment must be exercised in your decisions and they must be made through reason not emotion.
- Sincerity Insincerity can be spotted very quickly and cause loss of respect.
This article was written by University of Washington women’s Basketball Coach Mike Neighbors and shared with his permission.
I have made slight editing changes to adapt the message to all professions, not just basketball coaching.
If you want to download the original pdf, you can click here: STOPlight Theory
As coaches, we strive daily for improvement in ourselves and in our athletes. This article outlines a system to use to be intentional about those efforts to improve.
I hope you can find a few ideas from the list that you can apply. In Mike’s words” “All of these things are just examples to choose from… You could NEVER do them all so don’t try…”
A good way to get started is to select one idea from each color (or come up with one that fits for you) to focus on throughout the day.
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THINGS I AM GOING TO STOP DOING: So many times in our day we make TO DO lists. It is just as important to have a list of things you WON’T DO! Those things vary for us all. Eliminating the distractions is vital to you making the most of your 24 hours in a day. Actually making a list of the things that WON’T do in your day to refer to throughout the day is a valuable tool. Examples: won’t check email until certain time, won’t “surf” the web until x number of things are done, won’t focus on anything that doesn’t effect your job until after the day’s most important task is completed, won’t focus on my “turkey’s” until my “eagles” are fed, won’t go home until my urgent pile is cleared, won’t go to lunch alone, won’t use sarcasm, won’t let things I can’t control effect the things I can, won’t resent others success, won’t fear failure, won’t be afraid of hearing bad news, won’t try to make everyone happy.
THINGS I AM GOING TO CONTINUE DOING: Identify the things that are positively impacting your day that you need to continue doing but might need to do so cautiously. These things can be positives when executed correctly but can border on negatives if you over/under utilize. Examples: Seek out people with opposite opinions, argue/debate/disagree, read and write, use data to make calculated decisions, telling others the truth, learn about leadership techniques but don’t be afraid to be different (Muppets principle), be unconventional, lead by insuring others can deal with adversity, focus on bright spots rather than total focus on deficient areas.
THINGS I AM GOING TO START DOING: List actionable things you want to introduce into your daily routine that will positively impact your 24 hours. Examples: Speak in images, use least invasive correction that is needed, surround yourself with smart people that challenge you, earn trust, whisper criticism/shout praise, confront then move on, build relationships, show people how much you care rather than how much you know, Separation in the preparation, teach rather than coach in practice, coach rather than teach off the court, REHEARSE things more often in practice, focus on being better rather than being good, trust “blink” decisions, get all the facts, simplify, be productive rather than busy, spend time with the right people, take people with you.