Wednesday afternoon’s Triple Threat youth basketball practice went pretty much normal. Focus on fundamentals, lots of running and a zeal for teamwork. Having coached a long time, I learned to talk about executing to our potential versus wins and losses. So, having lost 4 games in a row, it was quite unusual for me to ask the team if they were as tired of losing as I was. I received a universal yes. Then Cameron said “I’d rather be grounded than lose again” and the impact of this mid-season slump became very clear to me. I listened to this short statement, heard a lot and we adjusted the practice plan and intensity (and won Sunday).
Doc Rivers (Celtics coach) had a similar success last week when his team asked him to stick with his original play and Ray Allen hit a three pointer to win in the last seconds over Philadelphia. Leaders are in a constant balancing act. We must be visionary, strategists, team builders, task masters and teachers. In the middle of all that, we need to be intuitive enough to know when to step back, listen to the team and make adjustments based on their ideas. And, do this in the heat of competition.
When was the last time you adjusted something you really believed in based on insight from your team?