John Wooden has been called the greatest coach of all time. During his tenure as coach of the UCLA men’s basketball team from 1948 to 1975, he led his team to four undefeated seasons and ten national championships, seven of which happened in consecutive years.

But the funny thing is, winning wasn’t John Wooden’s goal as a coach. That was simply a happy byproduct of the ultimate aim he set for his team both on and off the court —  to perform their very best in whatever they did.

My guest today had the pleasure of working with Coach Wooden while he was still alive on several of Wooden’s books about teaching and leadership. His name is Steve Jamison and today on the show, Steve shares some of Wooden’s best nuggets of wisdom on the pursuit of excellence. We begin our conversation discussing Coach Wooden’s definition of success and why winning wasn’t a part of it. Steve then shares how Wooden was able to impart his vision to his team so effectively through his quiet, but intense court presence. Steve then digs into Wooden’s famous Pyramid of Success and why his folksy, almost quaint advice resonates so much with people. We end our conversation discussing how Wooden kept a check on big egos on his teams, and kept success from going to his own head as well.

Show Highlights

  • A few of the unbreakable coaching records of John Wooden
  • How Wooden led quietly 
  • Why winning wasn’t part of Wooden’s definition of success
  • What was the metric that Wooden used when determining effort?
  • How Wooden learned to control his emotions 
  • Some of Wooden’s favorite aphorisms 
  • How he organized his practices down to the minute
  • The Pyramid of Success
  • How did Wooden manage superstars on his team?
  • How did Wooden stay humble amidst all his success?
  • Wooden-like coaches out there today 
  • How Steve’s own life was changed in working with John 

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