Pat Williams believes there are so many lessons in sports that transfer to the corporate world. Team builders can be learned from. Pat has studied this topic for 30 years.
Sports crazy nation. Athletes, coaches, broadcasters have huge sphere of influence. People want to take in what they say and let it ruminate.
Always be on lookout for good quotes, clips, anecdotes. World is made of quotes. Stories.
Grew up in Delaware a baseball fan and dreams of being in baseball. Baseball scholarship at Wake Forest. Played some pro ball before moving to front office in minor leagues. Left baseball to work in basketball as a 28-year old in 1968.
Father of 19 children, 14 adopted by he and his wife.
On talent acquisition, he says the the key to winning is not shying away from talent. Talented people can be challenging and he says some organizations take the easy vanilla route. Legendary John Wooden summed it up best saying the key to winning is talent, talent, talent. However, Williams says three caveats.
- Talent needs to be coachable, teachable
- Does talent understand his or her role and will they accept it
- What kind of a teammate will this player be. Will he fit the culture.
Everything rises and falls with leadership in military, business, sports. Fascinated by coaches and their styles. Stepping up and taking a leadership role is powerful. Coaches want internal leadership with their players. Best player being your best leader is a dream. Michael Jordan the best example.
Want your best players to take leadership and do so quietly. So many opportunities to take care of things, to show kids how to do things and veteran leadership is so vital.
Once did study asking managers the four keys to being a good coach. Top answer was being yourself. Can’t try to be someone else. Be who you are. Players will catch a phony real quick.
Wrote four books on John Wooden. Asked Wooden for one secret to success and Wooden said the key is, “A lot of little things done well.” Turned that into a book, “Coach Wooden’s Greatest Secret.” Great organizations pay attention to the little things. They do them with precision.
Teamwork involves sacrifice, getting along with people. “There’s an awful lot of caring. There are an awful lot of people skills that are put into place and there’s respect, which leads to trust which leads to loyalty which leads to love which leads to friendship.”
Avid reader. He finishes 500-600 books a year. Never read about subjects that you’re not interested in
On drafting Charles Barkley in 1984: “We could tell right there that he was a character and we were concerned about his weight. I remember saying, ‘Charles, you’re going to have to get in shape’ and he said, ‘Mr. Williams, round is a shape.'”
Saves stories, quotes, clips on 3×5 note cards. Was told not to trust memory. Collect them. All possible future books.
Important to have goals in life, written down.