I was recently able to take advantage of a gap in the summer basketball camp season to attend a coaching clinic called “Coaching U“. This annual basketball clinic is put on by long-time NBA coach, Brendan Suhr, and Boston Celtics assistant coach, Kevin Eastman. There were a lot of ‘golden nuggets’ to leave with for both basketball coaches and basketball players.
Here’s one of those nuggets from Kevin Eastman that I think holds true:
COACHES: Your pay check is your responsibility, not your employers.
Here are Eastman’s “Four Whats to Create Value”:
- What’s needed?
- What am I good at that I can become great at?
- What’s the little things that nobody wants to do?
- What shall I stay away from?
ATHLETES: Your contribution to your team is your responsibility, not your coaches.
To me, the principles hold true for athletes too. How much a basketball player contributes to his or her team’s success is determined by each athlete, individually. And so, the same questions apply…
- What does my team need most (offensively, defensively, in the locker room, etc)?
- What things am I good at that I can become great at AND meet my team’s greatest needs?
- What are the little, nameless, oft unnoticed acts that I can do, that no ones wants to do – between the lines and outside the lines?
- What things should I avoid – both on and off the court? (What things should I add to my stop-doing list as a basketball player, teammate or person?)
How do you rate yourself against Kevin Eastman’s four point checklist? What things are you going to start doing today; and, stop-doing?
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