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Friday, April 08, 2011

What we can all learn from a loser

I am a big NCAA basketball fan, and I have some family ties to Butler University. Why is this important?  Because a relatively unknown coach, Brad Stevens, at an unknown University, Butler, have made some very positive influence and impact on the game of college Basketball and maybe even college athletics.

Brad Stevens, is all about personal accountability so much so he requires all his players to read what most people would consider a business self help book, QBQ!NovoLogic is a huge fan of QBQ and the message of personal accountability contained within it, which is why I wanted to share this story, plus my mother-in-law and father-in-law who attended Butler would think a story on the internet about their school would be pretty neat.

Back to the main thought...  here is an excerpt from a newsletter from QBQ  about Brad Stevens and his Personal Accountability Philosophy.


Part of Brad's at a recent speaking engagement message was about personal accountability, and he mentioned the QBQ! book. He said it is required reading for all of his players. When something goes wrong on the court like a bad call, missed pass, or a player loses his man on defense, the players can come back to the sidelines distracted by what just happened. (you could actually physically see this if you watched any of the final four games) That's when the coaching staff simply says "QBQ!" and everybody knows what that meansand gets refocused. 

You see, Brad Stevens has learned that when everyone is focused on what they can do instead of what someone else did or should be doing, everyone benefits, Here are some other things that I think Coach Brad Stevens understands.



Teamwork: Coach Brad knows that even in a tremendously collaborative arena like basketball, it's STILL ABOUT THE INDIVIDUAL. Don't buy the lie, "There are no I's in team!" Not true. Every corporate, nonprofit, athletic, family, and church team I've ever come across is full of I's. And it's amazing what a team can do when each person practices Personal Accountability. Teamwork is great, but high functioning teams are built on individuals who don't blame, procrastinate, or engage in victim thinking.

Humility: After Butler's come-from-behind victory against Florida in the 2011 NCAA tourney, he stated in an ESPN interview that he'd been "out coached" and that his assistants and team had carried him. This statement, coming after a big win, caused a lot of head scratching in the media. Why? Well, it's simple: The sports world isn't accustomed to hearing contrite statements like that.

Perspective: People speculate about which big school might offer him a ton of money to come coach. To that Coach Brad says, "It’s not like I’m a guy who thinks the grass is greener somewhere else just because everybody says it’s supposed to be. I think that we are very fortunate to have really green grass at Butler.” For a young guy who's become famous real fast, he still has both feet planted firmly on the ground. A rarity in our world today.

Maturity: Go ahead, watch him on the sidelines. This is one guy you won't see cussing at the officials and throwing chairs out of childlike anger. His calm and cool style is an outstanding example for players and coaches everywhere ... and the rest of us, too.

Grace: After Butler's loss to University of Connecticut in the 2011 finals, he stated, "I don't love my guys any less because we lost." Hmmm, I bet young athletes everywhere could stand to hear an it's-not-all-about-winning message from mom and dad, and their coaches, too.

Personal Accountability: Coach Stevens made a very meaningful statement to me. He said, "Accountability is a core value for our team andQBQ! defines it for us." Obviously, I couldn't be more honored. Thank you, Coach! But after watching him being interviewed several times now, I didn't really need him to tell me that. It's evident in his words and his actions. Clearly, Personal Accountability is not just a corporatevalue for the Butler team, but a personal value for the Butler coach.

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