In 1999, Ken Carter, a successful sporting goods store owner, accepts the job of basketball coach for his old high school in a poor area of Richmond, CA, where he was a champion athlete. As much dismayed by the poor attitudes of his players as well as their dismal play performance, Carter sets about to change both. He immediately imposes a strict regime typified in written contracts that include stipulations for respectful behavior, a dress code and good grades as requisites to being allowed to participate. The initial resistance from the boys is soon dispelled as the team under Carter's tutelage becomes a undefeated competitor in the games. However, when the overconfident team's behavior begins to stray and Carter learns that too many players are doing poorly in class, he takes immediate action. To the outrage of the team, the school and the community, Carter cancels all team activities and locks the court until the team shows acceptable academic improvement...| |
* Coach Carter. Lessons from the Movie: * Do you have your partners blessing. Do they know what you stand for and support you? Get behind you when you aren’t getting behind you? * Preparation before you enter the field * Know your opponents & your team (Strengths & Limitations) * Backing yourself * Holding to your own standards & being uncompromising in your commitment to them * To win out there, you must win in here (self) * Willing to enter the fray, holding in the face of obstacles * Be ready for anything * Boundaries once created will be tested * Push up or shut up! * Asking for a stretch & being willing to hold for it * Facing into adversity... testing self to step into the breach * Drills, drills & more drills * There are rules to follow, to enjoy the privilege * Being flexible in the face of resistance (Willow vs Kauri tree) * Backing your team members, when they step into the breach * Being a demand means handling the particulars and overcoming the obstacles * There are NO exceptions to the rules * You need to be in better shape than your opponents or anyone else in the marketplace (competition) * Being in shape is about the VERY BASICS and being GREAT at the basics * Play through to the end, every second counts * Hold in the face of no agreement, resistance, judgement....commit to the goal & push through your own resistance... to stop listening to your doubts and fears * What is your deepest Fear Mr Cruise? * Who are the people on your bus? Ensuring that all the members on the bus are heading in the same direction – loyalty to the vision * An Impossible future/task * Winning is not really winning if it has no honour or integrity to it (you’ve got to watch the ego!) * Earn the right (respect) * Leadership through leading * Smile when you get your punishment, it’s an opportunity to grow. Besides, the upside is you didn’t get fired! * With everything there is responsibility and consequences * Go hard at practice/training/drills to handle the teams defaults, but backing self & team on the court (stand united) * Calling bullshit when you see it, holding people to account * Coach who folds early, role model for the team (Bayhill competition), model holding to the final second * Failure as a team, not just an individual. You cannot actually win by yourself when you’re playing a team sport. It’s called team for a reason, it requires more than one person * Expecting too little, being a demand for greatness, in the face of mediocrity * Taking responsibility for the results – everyone’s accountable (including the leader) * Being the leader means that you have to weather both the good and the bad. To hold steadfast. * Only promise what you can deliver * Know what motivates your team, utilise this to assist them to achieve their goals (e.g. bringing the girls into the library to encourage the boys to come to study class). Points of...