• Jack Fleming

Ed Tapscott - 10 Commandments of a Team


2015 Coaching U Live Clinic Notes. Ed Tapscott (NBA GM, CEO, Head coach)

  • Started the Charlotte Bobcats.

  • If you’re a coach, there’s so many great things you can do in the world.

  • The speed of the boss is the speed of the team.

  1. Thou shalt commit to the mastery of yourself

  • Can’t teach what you don’t know, can’t lead where you don’t go.

  • Don’t stress team values, then talk about yourself all the time.

2. Thou shalt believe and trust in the sanctity of the team

  • The we of us is better than the me of of us.

  • Let your team participate in creating their values.

3. Thou shalt create a team philosophy that creates a team culture

  • Ownership and buy in.

  • Doc Rivers: not buy in but BELIEVE in.

  • Values drive our decisions, makes it very easy.

4. Thou shalt engage with all of your team

  • Planning, execution, evaluation, feedback.

5. Thou shalt develop and mission statement and define roles

  • Organised teams compete harder with a focused purpose.

  • Don’t assume everybody is on board just because you have the title coach.

6. Thou shalt learn to delegate

  • Delegation is trust, do not micromanage.

  • Creates empowerment, allows people to thrive and do their job to the best of their ability.

7. Thou shalt allow initiative and autonomy, but they shall be held accountable

  • Bring something for the good of the team.

  • Do not squeeze all of the authority.

8. Thou shalt develop metrics

  • Tools to manage the measurable.

  • Objective way to communicate with your team.

  • Motivates your group, focus on the wildly important things.

9. Thou shalt understand the difference between authority and power

  • Power is personal, something you earn through relationships.

  • Develop your power, know what motivates your people.

10. Thou shalt hire slowly and fire quickly

  • Your team is the most important concern.

  • Burden of leadership, you have to do some bad things but it doesn’t mean you have to do them badly.

BONUS: Communicate, communicate, communicate

  • Don’t be afraid to have hard conversations.

  • Don’t let others command your narrative.

  • Must be generationally adaptable.

  • A leader creates the message and commands the narrative.

  • Articulate a vision and get others to carry it out.

Coca-Cola on hiring:

  1. Character — non negotiable, it is about all of us.

  2. Competence — can be taught.

  • Define and find the go getters in your organisation, offer opportunities.

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