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Sacred Hoops: Spiritual Lessons of a Hardwood Warrior
"...creating a successful team - whether it's an NBA
champion or a record setting sales force - is essentially a spiritual act.
It requires the individuals involved to surrender their self-interest for
the greater good so that the whole adds up to more than the sum of the parts."
Any of us that have built or worked with a successful team
knows the answer - NO. It takes more than money to build a real team - in
fact, money, talent and egos may be the greatest detriments to teamwork.
Something else happens when a team comes together. When the trust, accountability
and ability all converge and the team accomplishes truly special results,
it's almost a magical feeling that is the result of a lot of hard work,
practice, planning and the right kind of leadership.
Jackson indeed has a unique and deep understanding of teams and what makes them successful. While it's nice to have team members like Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, it takes more than talent to be successful.
The message from this book I will remember in 10 years: "Being in tune with what's happening on the court and fitting into the flow of action is far more important than trying to be heroic." How many times have we seen a work team or self-directed team torn apart by someone trying to be a hero?
Favorite new term: Mindfulness. "When players practice what is known as mindfulness - simply paying attention to what's actually happening - not only do they play better and win more, they also become attuned with each other." It's a lot of work, but the good teams know what's happening and why, and in turn are tuned into one another and the action around them - not just themselves.
Favorite quote: "Rather
than coddling players or making their lives miserable, we try to create
a supportive environment that structures the way they relate to each other
and gives them the freedom to realize their potential.
Advice for charting your future: "You have to trust your inner knowing. If you have a clear mind and an open heart, you won't have to search for direction. Direction will come to you."
Sacred Hoops is about a philosophy for life that we can apply to our teams and the work we do. I guarantee after reading the book - you'll look at your team in a different way.
Reviewed by Steve Gibbons, senior research and development consultant, The Principal Financial Group