Saturday, June 5, 2010

Learn and Lead

I posted an article earlier this year on TheCompanyOfficer.com titled: Your Capabilities and Future Success. It was about the legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden. Coach Wooden passed away at the age of 99 on Friday June 4th, but his legacy will extend well beyond.
Take the time to learn about this extraordinary man and more importantly about the words of wisdom that align with much of what we do within the Fire and Emergency Services. More importantly, gain some remarkable insights on Life’s Learning’s and on Leadership Principles. Simple advice and insights that can support developing a successful career. Read about Coach Wooden’s “Pyramid of Success;” that remains a must-read book for all aspiring or current company or command officers.

Take the time to learn more about Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success and look to apply these principles in your current or future positions of responsibility within your organization. The principles and methodologies of the Pyramid of Success have direct relationships and applicability to the Fire Service in numerous areas and apply his 12 Lessons on Leadership.

Two Must have books for your professional Library by John Wooden include: Wooden On Leadership and John Wooden’s The Pyramid of Success

Here are some great Woodenism’s;

• "Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out."
• "Never mistake activity for achievement."
• "Adversity is the state in which man mostly easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then."
• "Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are."
• "You can't let praise or criticism gets to you. It's a weakness to get caught up in either one."
• "You can't live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you."
• "Winning takes talent; to repeat takes character."
• "I'd rather have a lot of talent and a little experience than a lot of experience and a little talent."
• "If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?"
• "If you're not making mistakes, then you're not doing anything. I'm positive that a doer makes mistakes."
• "It isn't what you do, but how you do it."
• "Ability is a poor man's wealth."
• "Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be."
• "Consider the rights of others before your own feelings and the feelings of others before your own rights."
• "Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do."
• "Don't measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability."
• "It's not so important who starts the game but who finishes it."
• "It's what you learn after you know it all that counts."
• "It's the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen."
• "Talent is God-given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful."
• "Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming."
• "Success is never final; failure is never fatal. It's courage that counts."

John Wooden also expressed the following that I find compelling. It was a simple statement that has the power of wisdom and insight. “Learn as if you were to live forever: Live as if you were to die tomorrow.”

Take the time to look at the information available at a number of various web locations; HERE, HERE , HERE and HERE

Above all...Learn and Lead.
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