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From Deming to Wooden August 29, 2006

Posted by Joey Valdez in Ideas!.
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Pyramid of Success“Eliminate numerical goals, numerical quotas and management by objectives. Substitute leadership.”
As one of the pillars of W. Edward Deming’s 14 KEY PRINCIPLES for management, leadership is perhaps the most critical, and the most difficult to learn. John Wooden, easily the most celebrated coach in college basketball, developed the PYRAMID OF SUCCESS, where we can glean the attributes, behaviors, and values for successful leadership. Coach Wooden won ten championships in a dozen years of coaching at UCLA–we can certainly learn something useful from someone who successfully managed all those huge egos within a competitive environment.

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1. Fiona - August 29, 2006

I think what is so interesting about Wooden is that he was so insistent in teaching the fundaments – to all of his players. There wasn’t special treatment for anyone. All players – even Kareem, Bill Walton (and the many other superstars that played under him) – were taught how to put on their socks. Wooden knew the importance of the details. I can remember him giving a talk once where he explained why he taught his players about putting on their socks. If the socks weren’t on right and there was a fold, it could result in a blister, which would result in the player not being able to run the court, which leads to… the player not being able to perform to the best of his ability.
Also what was so amazing about Wooden was that he was/is an extremely humble man. We didn’t take the credit, but gave it to the players.


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