Whatever you do in life, surround yourself
with smart people who'll argue with you.
— John Wooden
IS IT JUST ME OR DO MOST LEADERS HATE PEOPLE WHO DISAGREE WITH THEM?
I know. I know. Disagreement is hard to tell from disloyalty... or not being bought in... or just being negative... or a jerk.
But sometimes people who disagree know something we don't. Or have seen something we haven't. And sometimes they are right.
Would a little bit of listening... and openness... be so difficult? Could it make us a better leader?
ONE OF THE MOST REVERED COACHES IN THE HISTORY OF SPORTS, John Robert Wooden (1910 – 2010) was an American basketball player and coach.
As head coach at UCLA, he won ten NCAA national championships in a 12-year period, including a record seven in a row. No other team has won more than two in a row. Within this period, his teams won a record 88 consecutive games.
Wooden was named National Coach of the Year six times.
As a 5'10" guard at Purdue, Wooden was the first to be named basketball All-American three times. In 1960, Wooden was named a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame as a player and in 1973 as a coach, the first person ever enshrined in both categories.
Wooden was beloved by his former players, among them Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Walton and was renowned for his short, simple inspirational messages to his players, including his Pyramid of Success. These messages were often directed at how to be a success in life as well as in basketball.