Changing the Culture

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On the TUNNEYSIDE of SPORTS July 3, 2017, #647 Up Next…“Changing the Culture”

After further review…If you are or ever will be in the process of changing the culture of a T*E*A*M (e.g., club, organization, or family), please allow the TunneySide to offer a couple of thoughts. This topic recently occurred to me as I watched a sports talk show. The focus was on the Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, who signed a five-year contract for $125 million, with $70 million guaranteed. More on that another time.

These sports reporters were questioning whether this new contract – the highest to date in the NFL – would change the culture of the Raiders. Having officiated Raiders games for over 25 years, I have observed their demeanor up close and personal. They have developed a reputation for playing with pronounced physical aggression, a bad boy image meant to intimidate opponents. Raiders fans have always embodied the toughness and loved when it felt genuine with the team, but in my estimation, the Raiders were always more than that. You don’t win championships with cheap shots.

With the hiring of Jack Del Rio in 2015, Oakland got a head coach who grew up a Raiders fan and followed their history. Del Rio also knew of the culture of a T*E*A*M that he wanted to create in today’s NFL environment, and has spent the last two years implementing it. However, those reporters I heard were focused on the fact that now the Raiders had a franchise quarterback along with a powerful defensive end in Khalil Mack. They asserted that having these two superstars – one on each side of the ball – means that there is a strong basis of leadership for the team. But to me, leadership goes beyond salary and accolades.

While the skills of top rated personnel are important to the success of any culture, it is the leadership qualities of individuals that can make a culture great. It is ironic that many T*E*A*Ms feel that the best player must be the team leader. This is not necessarily so. Leadership has little to do with physical skills, it relates to an individual’s character, integrity, and a committed passion. Leadership is not so much about ability, as it is with responsibility. Anyone can step-up to be a leader.

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield was quoted: “Ultimately, leadership is not about glorious, crowning acts. It’s about keeping your team focused on a goal and motivated to do their best to achieve it, especially when the stakes are high and the consequences really matter. It’s about laying the groundwork for others’ success, and then standing back and letting them shine.” This is the framework of a successful culture.

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I Really Enjoy

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On the TUNNEYSIDE of SPORTS June 26, 2017, #645 Up Next… “I really enjoy”

After further review…”I really enjoy watching you play” is one of the best statements parents can make to their youngsters who play sports. As the school year ends and summer athletic leagues begin, sports are a great avenue for youth to learn values that can serve them well later in life. However, all too often a child’s enjoyment can be diminished by overbearing parents who have forgotten that little leagues are not major leagues.

A recent headline caught my eye: “Can Parents Easily Get Coaches Removed?” Having sat in the stands as a parent, I have watched parents scream at their youngster for making a mistake or not making a play that from the stands appeared to be obvious. They berate coaches for not giving their child enough playing time or unleash a tirade on an umpire or referee for a call on the field. When a parent becomes too invested in the outcome of the game, their child is deprived of the experience of earning a victory or owning a defeat with any independence.

How about winning? If the T*E*A*M doesn’t win –- and that often means every game –parents blame the coach and want him/her removed. Too many parents inject themselves into the relationship between a coach and the players by offering their own advice or critiques. This undermines the very backbone of all organized sports, and the entire reason we have coaches in the first place. These parents seem to think that their kids need to be accustomed to winning all the time, and feeling that losing is unacceptable. But while a healthy competitive spirit is important, we all know that no one wins every game.

And that becomes one of the characteristics of playing any game! While playing to win should be the intent every time, the TunneySide sees value in the disappointment of coming up short. Learning how to personally deal with losing is a vital skill for an athlete as they move forward, and the competition gets more intense. It is a disadvantage for an individual who hasn’t properly learned how to experience losing because that resiliency can be applied in all facets of life – not just sports.

Sports can build self-esteem and confidence and that’s where parents – and coaches – can do the most good. All too often parents and coaches are mostly interested in developing game skills. Yet, the true value in sports is learning to develop the skill of self-confidence. When one develops that trait, dealing with life’s challenges becomes a less daunting task.

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Jim’s books are full of inspiration and interesting stories. Please visit his online store to learn more.

Another 101 Best of TunneySide of Sports

Be sure to get Jim’s book ‘Another 101 Best of TunneySide of Sports’ by clicking this link or using the email above to contact Jim directly.

These TunneySides take issues from real-life situations and relate them as inspiration for the betterment of others.

Jim is available for speaking engagements on leadership and T*E*A*M Building. His books are available for $20 which includes shipping and tax. The Tunney Bobblehead is available for $30. Please visit JimTunney.com. Thank you!

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Unselfish!

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On the TUNNEYSIDE of SPORTS June 19, 2017, #644 Up Next… “Unselfish!”

After further review…Unselfish” was the blunt answer given by Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr following the Warriors 2017 NBA championship game, when a reporter asked him what was the key to their victory. The reporter, knowing Kerr, pressed for details and Kerr added “coaching.” He was just having fun, and it showed. After a brief pause, he continued saying, “Look at the talent standing behind me.” He was referring, of course, to the players. The inference was that anybody could have led such a group, and won the NBA championship.

When a T*E*A*M (Together Everyone Accomplishes More) doesn’t do well in a season, the coach is the first one on the firing line. Therefore, following their second championship in three years, it follows that Kerr deserves the same accolades given to the Warrior players. He should stand equally with Curry, Durant, Green, Thompson, Pachula, and Iguodala, and the others.

Kerr’s “have fun together” attitude was a vital ingredient of this historic season. But this is nothing new; it has been his demeanor since “Pali High” in Pacific Palisades, CA. and it carried on through his NCAA Final Four appearance with the Arizona Wildcats, 30 years ago. A distinguished NBA playing career followed, and then he has stayed in the game on the management side, leading to his success today as an ultimate coach. He retained that philosophy to get where he is today. Basketball is still a fun game in Steve Kerr’s mind.

The Warriors T*E*A*M is unselfish about who scores the basket, or who finishes the game with the most points, or the most triple-doubles, or who ends up as the MVP. In the 2017 championship season that MVP was Kevin Durant, who joined the Warriors only this season. Durant was not present for either of the two previous Finals appearances, yet the team embraced their star newcomer and celebrated his achievement with no jealous undercurrent. That only happens when a team is confident, unified, and selfless. And that can happen when the coach creates that type of environment.

Will you log-in on about the unselfish dynamic behind the Warriors’ championship?

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Jim’s books are full of inspiration and interesting stories. Please visit his online store to learn more.

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These TunneySides take issues from real-life situations and relate them as inspiration for the betterment of others.

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