Showing posts with label John Wooden. Show all posts
Showing posts with label John Wooden. Show all posts

Saturday, April 2, 2011

John Wooden Gives a TED Talk

This afternoon while waiting for the start of the Butler vs. VCU NCAA basketball game CBS aired a segment about legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden. Wooden's teams won more national championships than any other men's basketball team in history. The segment on CBS featured clips of Wooden (who passed away in December) talking about what he tried to teach and his former players Bill Walton and Kareem Abdul Jabbar sharing the lessons they learned from Wooden.

The CBS segment about Coach John Wooden reminded me of a TED Talk I watched a couple of years ago. In his TED Talk from 2001 Coach Wooden explains the difference between winning and success. If you have 18 minutes, watch and listen to this video. What strikes me most about Coach Wooden's talk is his emphasis on teaching and developing character over winning. One of his three most important rules, "no criticizing of teammates, I'm paid to do that," is a great rule that translates well to the classroom and the workplace.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Lessons from John Wooden - Coach and Teacher

Hall of Fame basketball coach and player John Wooden passed away yesterday at the age of 99. Wooden is best known for leading UCLA to ten basketball national championships in twelve years. But if you watch and read interviews with his former players and associates you'll learn that Wooden rarely talked about winning. Instead he focused on teaching lessons of character, preparation, and doing things "the right way."

Here's Coach Wooden's 2001 TED Talk on Winning vs. Success. One of his rules for players that he shared in the talk, "no criticizing of teammates, I'm paid to do that," is a great rule that translates well to the classroom and the workplace.


Here's a video from ESPN about Coach Wooden featuring comments from his former players and sports journalists.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

John Wooden on Winning vs. Success

Here is a great TED Talk featuring the great UCLA basketball coach, John Wooden. Coach Wooden is famous for his great record of winning national championships, what you may not know about Coach Wooden is that he started his career as a high school English teacher. In his TED Talk from 2001 Coach Wooden explains the difference between winning and success. If you have 18 minutes, watch and listen to this video.

What strikes me most about Coach Wooden's talk is his emphasis on teaching and developing character over winning. One of his three most important rules, "no criticizing of teammates, I'm paid to do that," is a great rule that translates well to the classroom and the workplace.


Thanks to Elanghorst on Twitter for the tip.

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