The key to being a good manager is keeping the people who hate me away from those who are still undecided.
- Casey Stengel

Tact is the ability to make a person see lightning without letting him feel the bolt.
- Orlando A. Battista

Donít make them in your image. Donít even try. My assistants donít look alike, think alike, or have the same personalities. And I sure donít want them thinking the way I do. You donít strive for sameness, you strive for balance.
- Bear Bryant

Feedback is information about the past, delivered in the present, to impact the future.

Three things I'd ever say to a team to help hold them together:
If anything goes bad, I did it.
If anything goes semi-good, then we did it.
If anything goes real good, then you did it.
- Paul "Bear" Bryant

The role of a coach is to create a relationship with people and groups where they continuously expand people's capacity to produce the results they truly desire.
- Robert Hargrove

C = Conduct one-on-one meetings regularly
O = Offer feedback and assistance
A = Avoid overlooking the "middle stars"
C = Create an Everyone's a Coach environment
H = Help others succeed

C = Commitment
O = Over learning
A = Audible-Ready (flexibility)
C = Consistency
H = Honesty based (walk your talk)
- "Everyone's a Coach" by Don Shula and Ken Blanchard

Leadership Characteristics - Top Ten List
1. Visionary
2. Integrity
3. Consistency
4. Coach/Facilitator
5. Accessibility
6. Flexibility
7. Courage
8. Over-Communicates
9. Positive Role Model
10. Inspirational

There is something that is much more scarce, something rarer than ability. It is the ability to recognize ability.
- Robert Half

We are all capable of change and growth; we just need to know where to begin.
- Blaine Lee

Coaching is unlocking a person's potential to maximize their own performance. It is helping them to learn rather than teaching them.
- John Whitmore

Coaching isn't an addition to a leader's job, it's an integral part of it.
- George S. Odiorne

The boss drives people; the leader coaches them. The boss depends on authority; the leader on good will. The boss inspires fear; the leader inspires enthusiasm. The boss says "I"; The leader says "WE". The boss fixes the blame for the breakdown; the leader fixes the breakdown. The boss says, "GO"; the leader says "Let's GO!"
- H. Gordon Selfridge

If, as a coach, you devote all your energies to your present players, it is true that, for the present, you can win. However, if you spend no time on recruiting, you will eventually lose.

The term "span of control" no longer makes sense... What we're looking for is a span of support wherein managers understand that they are to help, coach and create learning, not to control.
- Ralph Stayer

Thoughts from Famous Coaches
(some now retired or coaching other teams)

Don't sweat the small stuff.
- Kevin Gilbride, Coach, Chargers

There's nothing wrong with setting goals, but it doesn't mean a thing if you don't pay attention to the day-to-day details.
- Don Shula, Coach, Miami Dolphins

Coaches have to watch for what they don't want to see and listen to what they don't want to hear.
- John Madden, Football Coach

The fewer rules a coach has, the fewer there are for a player to break.
- John Madden, Football Coach

Never criticize until the person is convinced of your unconditional confidence in their abilities.
- John Robinson, Coach

What matters is not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog.
- Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant

Every day, try to help someone who can't reciprocate your kindness.
- Philosophy of Coach John Wooden

A life of frustration is inevitable for any coach whose main enjoyment is winning.
- Chuck Noll, Football Coach

To have long term success as a coach or in any position of leadership, you have to be obsessed in some way.
- Pat Riley, Basketball Coach

Don't rate potential over performance.
- Jim Fassel, Coach, Giants

When I was coaching, the one thought that I would try to get across to my players was that everything I do each day, everything I say, I must first think what effect it will have on everyone concerned.
- Frank Layden, Basketball Coach

Be Yourself.
- Bobby Ross, Coach, Lions

Coaching is nothing more than eliminating mistakes before you get fired.
- Lou Holtz, Football Coach

Success is never final.
- Bill Parcells, Coach, Jets

Everyone is needed, but no one is necessary.
- Bruce Coslet, Coach, Bengals

Michael, if you can't pass, you can't play.
- Coach Dean Smith to Michael Jordan in his freshman year at UNC

The strength of the team is each individual member...the strength of each member is the team.
- Phil Jackson, Coach, Chicago Bulls

A good coach will make his players see what they can be rather than what they are.
- Ara Parasheghian, College Football Coach

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