Real Leadership

Real Leadership

Joined: February 24th, 2004, 3:14 pm

September 5th, 2011, 12:35 am #1

This was sent to me by Andy Hill. So much of what he writes about applies to kenpo and leadership.




POISE




At the pinnacle of Coach Wooden's Pyramid of Success is a quality everyone needs to thrive in tough times...COMPETITIVE GREATNESS. He defines this as "being at your best when your best is needed." While it is true that all the blocks of the Pyramid play a role in reaching the zenith, there is one block that is an absolute necessity for those wishing to reach the top...and that is POISE...which lies right under COMPETITIVE GREATNESS.


How does Coach define POISE? He says, "Just be yourself. Be at ease in any situation. Never fight yourself." This quality of clear headedness about who you are and what you value is also clearly a part of Coach's Seven Point Creed. "Be True to Yourself" is the very first one of the seven points. But what does this imply for you, and how do you attain this sort of clarity?


The starting point for POISE is to have a solid sense of your own values. Is it more important to you that you make money...or have close relationships? Is it more important to you to have a bigger home...or be honest? Is it more important to you to get promoted...or to do the right thing when no one else is there to witness your behavior? Are you "the boss" who has to exercise power...or "the teacher" who needs to help those under your supervision improve and reach THEIR goals? A clear vision of who you are...and what you hope to become...are the essential ingredients you must possess to truly have "poise" and if you hope to some day have "competitive greatness."


Like many of Coach Wooden's ideas, they are probably most easily understood if you can see how he carried them out in real life. Beyond knowing that it held a spot high up in his Pyramid...how did Coach demonstrate POISE to us? Here's a John Wooden story that hopefully will take this somewhat murky concept and make it unambiguous. Let's take a little trip down memory lane and see if this doesn't give you an insight into POISE.


My very first trip to the Final Four was in 1970, when we journeyed to Maryland's Cole Field House. We beat an outstanding New Mexico team that boasted three future NBA first round draft choices...and looked forward to playing the winner of the other semi-final that featured two future Hall of Fame centers, Bob Lanier from St. Bonaventure and Artis Gilmore from Jacksonville. Artis' team won a tough semi-final game, and we truly were concerned with how we were going to contend in the Finals with the 7'2" giant who controlled the paint against the Bonnies. Behind an unbelievable performance from Sidney Wicks, we were able to prevail and once again the Bruins were the champs.


When you win a championship, you can only imagine the excitement and enthusiasm it ignites in your fans. As we finished up showering and started to make our way out to the bus for the trip home, you could hear huge cheers go up as Bruin players and coaches made their way out of the locker room to sign autographs and pose for pictures with ecstatic alumni and students. Pretty heady stuff when you are just 19. But John Wooden had been in this situation before, and Coach knew that those same fans who love you today could boo you tomorrow. He didn't mind the revelry, but he sure didn't get carried away by the excitement. So as I finished packing my travel bag to head out to the bus, Coach gave me a real life lesson in POISE that I never forgot. As I was throwing my shoes in my bag for the last time that season...anxious to head outside and feel the love from those fans...I took one last glance around the locker room and was surprised to find Coach Wooden over in the corner picking up a couple of orange peels that had been left on the floor. Knowing that the big-shots out in the hall were really hoping for a glimpse of Coach, I sort of jokingly went over to him and reminded him that surely someone was going to come in and clean up after we left. He didn't miss a beat in responding, "Those fans can wait another few minutes. I always love it when janitors write or comment on how UCLA left their locker room spotless." I was tongue tied...which is not my normal state. Here was the coach of the newly crowned champs, pausing before he accepted the cheers and congratulations of supposedly "important" folks, showing concern for a janitor whom he would probably never meet face to face. Why? Because Coach knew who he was, knew what he valued, and had the POISE to "stay true to himself" regardless of the situation.


POISE...there is no stepping stone to COMPETITIVE GREATNESS that is more important. Know yourself. Know your values. It makes it easy to know what to do...regardless of circumstance.
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September 5th, 2011, 1:10 am #2

Your philosophical line of teaching, your pedagogy, is geared towards competition. There are parallels, but I'm far from a coach, I'm more of a drill sargeant preparing folks for the unseen and uncontrollable in combat. I have no morals or scruples when it comes to fighting, it's winner take all and leave. There's no sportmanship, it's combat, and I'm not interested in being a good sport.


Have a great gun carryin' Kenpo day

Clyde

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September 5th, 2011, 1:46 am #3

This was not about you or me it was about Coach Wooden. There is no doubt we do not have much in common.
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Joined: February 4th, 2004, 8:13 pm

September 5th, 2011, 3:43 pm #4

Your philosophical line of teaching, your pedagogy, is geared towards competition. There are parallels, but I'm far from a coach, I'm more of a drill sargeant preparing folks for the unseen and uncontrollable in combat. I have no morals or scruples when it comes to fighting, it's winner take all and leave. There's no sportmanship, it's combat, and I'm not interested in being a good sport.


Have a great gun carryin' Kenpo day

Clyde

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"...I'm more of a drill sargeant preparing folks for the unseen and uncontrollable in combat."


If it's unseen, how do you know about it? And, how do you know how to teach it? How many "real life combat" situations have you been in? How would you fair without your firearms? I carry, but I don't rely on firearms alone. Also, if it's "uncontrollable" how do you teach to control it?

"I have no morals or scruples when it comes to fighting, it's winner take all and leave."

So, what if you are the loser? Let me guess, you don't lose? That's not what I heard from one of Chuck Sullivans' students. Apparently, you should have had more "hands on" experience before dealing with that cat, huh?



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September 5th, 2011, 5:21 pm #5

Clyde has served in the military... have you?

By the way Clyde it looks like I will be in AZ as of NOV 13 if everything holds out. I should be there for about 19 weeks before I head to my next assignment. Are you still near that base I mentioned when some special units were looking for instruction. (funny how Clyde never brags about his part in training certain groups and did you know he was willing to train them for FREE thats the kind of patriot he is but hey whatever you go on with the disrespect.
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Joined: February 4th, 2004, 8:13 pm

September 5th, 2011, 5:38 pm #6

Don't talk to me about disrespect, partner. Clyde is the most disrespectul person I've met in the Kenpo community. I'm fully aware of his military background, and I do respect anybody who served anything for our country. This has nothing to do with the military. I have several military heros in my family - many who died in battle.

Did you know that this amazing man you speak of got on a Kenpo chat forum with one of my 14 year old female students and made several innapropriate sex remarks that greatly disturbed her? Did you know that when she was upset over it and told him she is only 14 years old he said, "Old enough to bleed, old enough to breed." Definitely sounds like someone I should respect, huh? A real honorable fellow. Get real! By the way, that student I speak of quit Kenpo because she couldn't believe a 7th degree black belt would act that way. She lost all respect for what we do because of that Kenpo cancer cell.

Have a good time in Arizona.

P.S. I still love Clyde. He makes me smile
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Joined: October 10th, 2010, 2:39 am

September 5th, 2011, 6:27 pm #7

Michael,

It's about time you made a choice. Are you going to become the change you want to see, or are you going to surrender your moral high ground to the indignant discussion of what happens when you make a bowel movement?


"How do you control a little turd from falling into the toilet and not splashing the cold water into your butt crack? You can't. It just happens. I've tried many times to avoid getting my crack wet, but that 7th degree black belt dingleberry always beats me."


You were probably thinking that this sounded funny when you wrote it. It's not funny though. You can't preach from the inside of a toilet bowl and expect to have the high ground. You should move beyond this before you get sucked in any further. Feel the splash? Do you have brown fingers yet? Trust me, it's hard to get the smell off. Washing your hands in the bowl doesn't help.

If you're having trouble following me, I'll be a little more direct. You're going to loose every time you respond to Clyde, because there is nothing positive for you to gain from it.

Sincerely,
Billy Lear
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Joined: February 24th, 2004, 3:14 pm

September 5th, 2011, 6:57 pm #8

This was sent to me by Andy Hill. So much of what he writes about applies to kenpo and leadership.




POISE




At the pinnacle of Coach Wooden's Pyramid of Success is a quality everyone needs to thrive in tough times...COMPETITIVE GREATNESS. He defines this as "being at your best when your best is needed." While it is true that all the blocks of the Pyramid play a role in reaching the zenith, there is one block that is an absolute necessity for those wishing to reach the top...and that is POISE...which lies right under COMPETITIVE GREATNESS.


How does Coach define POISE? He says, "Just be yourself. Be at ease in any situation. Never fight yourself." This quality of clear headedness about who you are and what you value is also clearly a part of Coach's Seven Point Creed. "Be True to Yourself" is the very first one of the seven points. But what does this imply for you, and how do you attain this sort of clarity?


The starting point for POISE is to have a solid sense of your own values. Is it more important to you that you make money...or have close relationships? Is it more important to you to have a bigger home...or be honest? Is it more important to you to get promoted...or to do the right thing when no one else is there to witness your behavior? Are you "the boss" who has to exercise power...or "the teacher" who needs to help those under your supervision improve and reach THEIR goals? A clear vision of who you are...and what you hope to become...are the essential ingredients you must possess to truly have "poise" and if you hope to some day have "competitive greatness."


Like many of Coach Wooden's ideas, they are probably most easily understood if you can see how he carried them out in real life. Beyond knowing that it held a spot high up in his Pyramid...how did Coach demonstrate POISE to us? Here's a John Wooden story that hopefully will take this somewhat murky concept and make it unambiguous. Let's take a little trip down memory lane and see if this doesn't give you an insight into POISE.


My very first trip to the Final Four was in 1970, when we journeyed to Maryland's Cole Field House. We beat an outstanding New Mexico team that boasted three future NBA first round draft choices...and looked forward to playing the winner of the other semi-final that featured two future Hall of Fame centers, Bob Lanier from St. Bonaventure and Artis Gilmore from Jacksonville. Artis' team won a tough semi-final game, and we truly were concerned with how we were going to contend in the Finals with the 7'2" giant who controlled the paint against the Bonnies. Behind an unbelievable performance from Sidney Wicks, we were able to prevail and once again the Bruins were the champs.


When you win a championship, you can only imagine the excitement and enthusiasm it ignites in your fans. As we finished up showering and started to make our way out to the bus for the trip home, you could hear huge cheers go up as Bruin players and coaches made their way out of the locker room to sign autographs and pose for pictures with ecstatic alumni and students. Pretty heady stuff when you are just 19. But John Wooden had been in this situation before, and Coach knew that those same fans who love you today could boo you tomorrow. He didn't mind the revelry, but he sure didn't get carried away by the excitement. So as I finished packing my travel bag to head out to the bus, Coach gave me a real life lesson in POISE that I never forgot. As I was throwing my shoes in my bag for the last time that season...anxious to head outside and feel the love from those fans...I took one last glance around the locker room and was surprised to find Coach Wooden over in the corner picking up a couple of orange peels that had been left on the floor. Knowing that the big-shots out in the hall were really hoping for a glimpse of Coach, I sort of jokingly went over to him and reminded him that surely someone was going to come in and clean up after we left. He didn't miss a beat in responding, "Those fans can wait another few minutes. I always love it when janitors write or comment on how UCLA left their locker room spotless." I was tongue tied...which is not my normal state. Here was the coach of the newly crowned champs, pausing before he accepted the cheers and congratulations of supposedly "important" folks, showing concern for a janitor whom he would probably never meet face to face. Why? Because Coach knew who he was, knew what he valued, and had the POISE to "stay true to himself" regardless of the situation.


POISE...there is no stepping stone to COMPETITIVE GREATNESS that is more important. Know yourself. Know your values. It makes it easy to know what to do...regardless of circumstance.
I have a question. How could an article about Coach John Wooden turn into a discussion about Clyde?
I had email responses about the article from people I respect. They enjoyed it and it reinforced kindness, integrity, character, humility, and other great attributes. On the Kenponet I get Clyde. It`s too ridiculous to be funny.
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Joined: October 10th, 2010, 2:39 am

September 5th, 2011, 7:09 pm #9

"Just be yourself. Be at ease in any situation. Never fight yourself."

I find that this applies to a lot more than competitive greatness. Thank you for posting it.

Yours Truly,
Billy

P.S. You're not alone regarding Clyde.
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Joined: May 30th, 2007, 2:20 am

September 5th, 2011, 7:15 pm #10

I have a question. How could an article about Coach John Wooden turn into a discussion about Clyde?
I had email responses about the article from people I respect. They enjoyed it and it reinforced kindness, integrity, character, humility, and other great attributes. On the Kenponet I get Clyde. It`s too ridiculous to be funny.
It isn't very often that we get a Senior in the art's on this site and these post's are probably the reason why...

I and many other's that frequent this site are very thankful for your posting's Mr. White. Please do not let these people dissuade you from posting in the future.

Also for those that are new to the art of Kenpo or any art for that matter please do not let these remark's give you a negative view, there are far more good people in this art then their are bad.

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