Daniel Gerarto writing about the Egyptian pyramids stated: ‘the pyramids, a monument of human strength and intelligence, have caused awe and curiosity among men at all times.”
Today, I would like you to visit a pyramid from the comfort of your computer: Coach John Wooden’s pyramid of success. Coach Wooden was a highly successful UCLA basketball coach for many years. To help with coaching and to work with players Coach Wooden began to develop his pyramid of success in 1934. Although the origins of the pyramid are over 70 years old (not as old as the pyramids in Egypt) the pyramid is still very relevant for today’s leaders and I am in awe of John Wooden’s creation.
Coach Wooden said the pyramid was less about sports and more about successful living. Click here to visit Coach Wooden’s site. When you visit the site you can click on each block to learn more about the 15 parts of the pyramid: industriousness, friendship, loyalty, cooperation, enthusiasm, self-control, alertness, initiative, intentness, condition, skill, team spirit, poise, confidence, and competitive greatness.
The ball is in your court:
1. Use the pyramid to enhance your approach to leadership, success, and team work.
2. Be inspired to create your own model of leadership.
3. For the next 15 weeks, dedicate one week for each block of the pyramid. Study the block and determine actions you can take each work to transform the block from a concept to living leadership.
4. Share the pyramid with your team and discuss the implications and applications of Wooden’s Philosophy.
I appreciate John Wooden’s definition of success: The peace of mind which is a direct result of the self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.