"Coach" at Purdue Coach John Wooden Coach on the sidelines at UCLA game
Wooden Way Leadership

A Business Management Seminar Based on the Leadership Principles of the "Coach of the Century"


Seminar Description

Who Should Attend

The Coaching Principles:


The “Coaching Principles” are the organizational processes and practices utilized by Coach Wooden in leading his teams to unprecedented success.   They are unique in that they are a proven paradigm for individual and collective success; are values-based, tied directly to one or more of the personal qualities and values articulated in the Pyramid of Success; they represent a replicable organizational system, with an internal focus predicated upon process, discipline, and quality; and unlike many of the comparable books and “models” about leadership on today's bookshelves, these principles are timeless, fostering sustained success

Staffing: Attracting and Selecting Talent

  1. The team with the best players almost always wins
  2. Surround yourself with strong, opinionated people
  3. Balance is everything
  4. Teamwork is not a preference; it's a necessity

Cultivating Culture: Defining how People should Interact

  1. Fairness is giving all people the treatment they earn and deserve
  2. Make your "yes" mean yes
  3. Be quick, but don't hurry
  4. The team with the most mistakes...Wins!
  5. Rules are made to be followed, not broken

Organizing and Planning: The Need for Direction and Focus

  1.  Keep it simple
  2.  Concentrate on your team, not the opposition
  3.  Adjust to your players - Don't expect them to adjust to you
  4.  Failing to prepare is preparing to fail
  5.  Practice doesn't make perfect; only perfect practice makes perfect

Reinforcing Desirable Behavior: Managing Performance

  1.  Focus on effort, not winning
  2.  Seek consistency - avoid peaks and valleys
  3.  Great leaders give credit to others, but accept the blame themselves


Engaging the Organization: A Leader’s Acceptance of Role and Responsibility

  1.  A good leader is first, and foremost, a teacher
  2.  A great leader cannot worry about being liked
  3.  Be honest, direct and willing to risk it all for your beliefs
  4.  Game time is when the coach's Job is almost over