The basketball season is about to start and coaches everywhere are vacillating between excitement and panic. That’s the nature of our profession, isn’t it? In this blog post, I explore some of the issues related to this range of emotion. I hope you get some tips that help you. Please post a comment below and share your own tips and thoughts.

Mentor - adult & child

How do you mentor?

Mentoring

as a parent . . . as a coach . . . as a friend . . . as a boss . . . everywhere in life

What is mentoring? It’s teaching, isn’t it? And to be mentored is to be taught — to learn. We all mentor every day in one way or another. It may be a formal relationship as many businesses have nowadays, or it may be informal. It may even just be a passing word. You may mentor someone and not even know it … but another person has learned something from what you said.

The great mentor/teacher John Wooden wrote,

“Never try to be better than someone else, but always be learning from others.
Never cease trying to be the best you can. One is under your control and the other isn’t.”

Wooden’s quote isn’t yet complete, but I would like to interject something here. I believe that no matter what your age or circumstance in life, “the best is yet to come when your heart is right.” Wooden went on to point out,

“You’ll never know a thing you didn’t learn from someone else.”

Attendees of Pam Slim's Power Boost live marketing conference for online entrepreneurs.

Here we are at Pam Slim’s Power Boost Live marketing conference. Click on the picture if you’d like to learn more.

Comfort Zones

I have been pushed out of my comfort zone the past couple of weeks and it has been wonderfully frightful.

The real head coach and I went to Phoenix to attend a business conference for online entrepreneurs. I felt a little like I had put my shoes on the wrong feet. But I gave myself my own advice: When facing a different, often uncomfortable position, you’ll find that when you approach it with an open heart and a willing mind, your growth potential is unlimited.

Pam Slim’s Power Boost Live was a wonderful, caring conference with people teaching each other and learning from each other.

Yes, it’s difficult sometimes to get out of your comfort zone, particularly as you accumulate years, but the gifts that await will lift your heart.

Sports Illustrated called me "The Disseminator" of the Princeton Offense

Sports Illustrated called me “The Disseminator” of the Princeton Offense

Personalize the Princeton Offense – our second webinar

Why is it so hard to step out of our comfort zones? Because panic is always lurking when we dare to do that.

The real head coach and I teamed up with 94Fifty to put on a live webinar last week – Personalizing the Princeton Offense. As most of you know, I am not a techie. It makes me ‘uncomfortable.’ But I am always willing to explore new horizons.

The panic came just as we went ‘live’ — our computer froze. The real head coach handled it beautifully. She didn’t panic. She even helped me off the floor as I panicked, and then fixed the problem. We went on air only two minutes late. The entire evening was a beautiful challenge and everyone involved grew as individuals.

In our first webinar a few weeks ago, A Slow Look at Quick Hitters, I was the sole presenter. This time, it was fun — and an added feature for our audience — to have an ongoing dialogue with 94Fifty’s Dave Calloway (who coached the Princeton for 14 years at Monmouth University) as I sketched the plays and principles of this intriguing offense.

Our start pushed me past uncomfortable to panic, but the real head coach was my rock-solid mentor.

Good luck to all this season — and Good Coaching!!

Quote of the Week

“Getting better as a coach is in the beads — the little sweat beads you get from working your butt off.”

Burfucious Says

Be more concerned with the things you can control and less with the things you can’t control.

Besop’s Thought

There’s no such thing as the Staples Offense

 The Insight:  The coach on the phone said, “I want to run the Princeton Offense.” I asked him if he had studied anything about it at this point. He said, “No, but I don’t have a big man and my kids don’t dribble, pass or shoot very well, so I thought the offense could help.” I told him that it took me almost 3 years of study before I adopted the Princeton as my primary offense. There was silence on the other end and then he asked, “Can I just get an easier version of it?”

The Pep Talk: If you want to make your team better, you must be willing to spend the time to make yourself better. Remember, there is no such thing as the Staples Offense.

Mentor photo: Corporation for National and Community Service
Disseminator photo: Sports Illustrated 2/17/03