At the heart of character is honesty and integrity.
If what you did yesterday still looks big to you, you haven't done much today.
I have a rule on my team: when we talk to one another, we look each other right in the eye, because I think it's tough to lie to somebody. You give respect to somebody.
With accomplishments comes confidence and with confidence comes belief. It has to be in that order.
The life expectancy of a team is about eight months. Then the next year, it's a whole new team.
A basketball team is like the five fingers on your hand. If you can get them all together, you have a fist. That's how I want you to play.
If you have talent with teamwork, you've got a chance to be a championship team.
It takes courage not only to make decisions, but to live with those decisions afterward
Never let a person's weakness get in the way of their strength.
Communication does not always occur naturally, even among a tight-knit group of individuals. Communication must be taught and practiced in order to bring everyone together as one
Champions play as they practice. Create a consistency of excellence in all your habits.
I don't look at myself as a basketball coach. I look at myself as a leader who happens to coach basketball.
Effective teamwork begins and ends with communication
During critical periods, a leader is not allowed to feel sorry for himself, to be down, to be angry, or to be weak. Leaders must beat back these emotions
The thing I loved the most - and still love the most about teaching - is that you can connect with an individual or a group, and see that individual or group exceed their limits.
When you are passionate, you always have your destination in sight and you are not distracted by obstacles. Because you love what you are pursuing, things like rejection and setbacks will not hinder you in your pursuit. You believe that nothing can stop you!
In all forms of leadership, whether you are a coach, a CEO, or a parent, there are four words that, when said, can bring out the best in your team, your employees, and your family. I BELIEVE IN YOU. Those four words can mean the difference between a fear of failure and the courage to try.
I'm looking for players who make their teammates better. You do that with enthusiasm and passion.
It's simply doing what you're supposed to do as well as you can when you're supposed to do it.
A leader is someone who puts their people in position to be successful all the time
You don't just be a team. You become a team. Through tough games you find that you need each other
In order to be a winner, you have to look for ways of getting things done and not for reasons why things can't be done. People who live with excuses have things that can't be done hovering around them all the time.
Imagination has a great deal to do with winning.
It's funny what happens when you become a grandparent. You start to act all goofy and do things you never thought you'd do. It's terrific.
Confrontation simply means meeting the truth head-on.
Fun is to experience things you would not have been able to experience in any other setting.
The truth is that many people set rules to keep from making decisions.
I don't think we surprise people. We try to out-execute them.
Every season is a journey. Every journey is a lifetime.
I think some parents now look at a youngster failing as the final thing. It's a process, and failure is part of the process. I would like it if the teacher and the parents would connect more. I think that used to be, but we're losing a little bit of that right now.
A leader may be the most knowledgeable person in the world, but if the players on his team cannot translate that knowledge into action, it means nothing.
You should do things because of what your expectations are of yourself.
Leaders show respect for people by giving them time.
Never delegate. Always empower.
Are you going to show integrity only when someone is watching you - or are you going to show it all the time?
Growth creates complexity, which requires simplicity.
Leaders should be reliable without being predictable. They should be consistent without being anticipated
Don't worry about losing. Think about winning.
That's what I do now: I lead and I teach. If we win basketball games from doing that, then that's great, but I lead and teach. Those are the two things I concentrate on.
Goals should be realistic, attainable, and shared among all members of the team