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Sunday, November 4, 2018

Basketball: Seeking Sustainable Success, Leadership, Lies, and Layups

What makes a program sustainable? In the management book, The Heart of Coaching, Thomas Crane wrote, "Performance-focused, feedback rich" process leads to "sustainable competitive advantage." 

Sometimes it begins or ends with force of personality. Sam Walker informs the power of one in The Captain Class. "The most critical ingredient in a team that achieves and sustains historic greatness is the character of the player who leads it.

And sometimes it ends because of management changes, player departure, or coaching change. After winning the World Series in 1997, owner Wayne Huizenga oversaw a "fire sale," claiming the franchise lost over 30 million dollars. Not so fast; you be the judge. The Marlins won a franchise worst (.333) 54 games.

Where does it begin? Consistency. Excellence requires consistency of leadership, message, effort. Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott said, "That's what it gets back to in terms of earning the right to win. How we meet, how we talk, how we workout, how we practice when we do practice, how we play - that's the standard we're trying to get to every day."

Leadership is bidirectional. In reviewing Extreme Ownership, the LeadingBlog shares, "A leader must lead but also be ready to follow."

Our progress depends on our teaching better, learning better, executing better. How?

1. Educational messages, including blogs...
2. Short educational videos... 
3. Efficient learning...spaced repetition... 
4. Self-testing... "Winners are trackers." - Darren Hardy, The Compound Effect

Start today. 

Win individual offensive battles knowing "low man wins." 

Get separation playing low with shoulders, hip, and ball. 

Two minute pick and roll review. 


This is similar to our "quarterback layups" drill. 

Courtesy of Chris Oliver's excellent Basketball Immersion

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