In 2008, Pat Williams, the GM of the Orlando Magic and a tremendous motivational speaker put out a book, “The Ultimate Coaches’ Clinic.” It is a fascinating book because of the style Pat utilized. He surveyed over 1000 coaches and administrators for insights to what is important to successfully do their job. From time to time I will share a few but it is a great book to own and I highly recommend it. Today, a few thoughts from a coach that I greatly respect, Ohio State’s Jim Foster.
1. Never stop trying to get more information. Always pick the brains of successful people in your business. You can never know enough.
2. Your relationships with the people you work with is important. Get to know them and what makes them tick.
3. Don’t be a good listener — be a great listener. It’s vital.
4. Determine your philosophy, but continue to adjust it as time moves along. Be flexible, because you must adapt to change.