Team Work

How do you Deliver Happiness?

When was the last time you delivered happiness?

Happiness is all around us and as a leader, it is our duty to deliver it to our teams.  We don’t have to place the burden of supplying happiness sole on ourselves, but it can nothing can bring a team together quite like joy.  Throughout my coaching career success and wins on the court play a large role in providing happiness to my team, but if you have the right game plan you can help deliver happiness at unexpected times.  Here are a few tips I have compiled to provide happiness for those around you.  Enjoy.

  • Establish core values. Write down your core values and express them to your team.  Once everyone is aware of these values, they can operate accordingly.  This will help set expectations on when success has been achieved.
  • Understand your mission. The mission of the team will come from you.  Living and delivering the “wow” factor should become your main priority.
  • Build relationships. The best way to do this is through effective communication and building trust with your team members.  Listen and welcome feedback.
  • Stay humble. There should be no place for arrogance on your team.  Happiness comes from enjoyment gained from accomplishments.  As the leader, you must promote confidence without becoming arrogant.
  • Pursue growth. The best time to do this is after significant accomplishments.  Raise the bar and promote continuous growth.  Always learn from your team and vice-versa.  Constant and never-ending improvements.  Have you “wowed” anyone today?

Did You Know?  Coach Jim Johnson and J-Mac are in Las Vegas this week at a Zappos autism awareness event.  Connect with them on social media and see how it went!

Life Tip #3:  Leave a profit everywhere you go.  Everything you touch turns to gold, not garbage.

Are You Using ‘Please’ and ‘Thank You’ Enough?

Do you use ‘please’ and ‘thank you’?

Growing up, our parents always preached manners and politeness.  Do you still have manners today?  In business and leadership, it can become crucial to use your manners and say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ to be more effective.  As we interact with those around us, we must show our respect.  Below are some tips I have compiled on how to use our manners and be upstanding individuals.  Enjoy.

  • Consistently use ‘please’. With strangers, friends, co-workers.  They all deserve to be treated with respect.  Do this consistently, so it becomes second nature.  Whenever you ask for something, attaching a ‘please’ to your request can go a long way.  Do you consistently say ‘please’?
  • Thank immediately. This is the best way to show appreciation toward someone.  As soon as someone does something nice for you, make sure you reciprocate and show your appreciation by saying ‘thank you.’
  • Show it in different ways. Use your words, notes, letters, texts, emails, etc.  There are many ways to show your appreciation toward someone.  No matter who it is, if they deserve your thanks and praise, give it to them.  It becomes a nice added touch that they will remember for a long time.  How do you show your thanks?

Did You Know?  Coach Jim Johnson spoke in front of 230 meeting planners and professionals last week at the National Speaking Showcase in Minneapolis, MN.  His 2017 calendar is filling up quick!

Life Tip #45:  You never get a second chance to make a first impression

What do you do to Show Appreciation?

How do you show appreciation?

Appreciation can be shown any number of ways.  As a leader, it is important to give back and thank those who work hard for you every day.  Your team must know they are appreciated and their efforts do not go unnoticed.  Throughout my many years of coaching and being a role model, I have compiled some ways I consistently showed my appreciation.  Make sure you look through them and let me know your favorites.  Enjoy.

  • Create a family atmosphere. This is a special method I used to become a little more personal with my team.  I would send birthday cards and provide written congratulations if they accomplished something great outside of basketball.
  • Send out personalized notes. In today’s day and age, it is very easy to send out some sort of congratulations via text, email, social media, etc.  Give the extra effort when the opportunity presents itself.
  • Reward your values. If you emphasize getting in early, make sure you recognize those who arrive 30 minutes early.  Whatever you preach as your core values, make sure you look out for those who are demonstrating it.  What are you values?
  • Celebrate success. At gatherings, practice, or meetings.  Make sure you are taking some time to celebrate the success of your team throughout the year as well.  Working hard is great, but make sure they are recognized for it as well.
  • Outside events. The more you can surprise your team with random events/activities the better.  Take them to the movies, play games at unelected times, and surprise them with new things.  This will create a fun atmosphere where everyone wants to participate.

Did You Know?  Coach Jim Johnson is speaking to the girls varsity basketball team at Churchville-Chili High School in early December.

Life Tip #8:  Treat people better than how you want to be treated

How do you Develop Willpower?

Are you developing willpower?

As a leader, willpower is key to making sure you stay consistent with your actions.  Being  role model to others is a tough job and in order to stay on top of your game in front of your peers, you must have the willpower to consistently do what is right.  Below are some tips I have compiled for you to focus on when discovering your willpower.  Enjoy.

  • Make and keep promises. To yourself as well as to others.  Your word must always be considered by others to be gold.  Once you have lost the ability to keep your word (promises) to others, you have become one step closer to losing your group.  What is the last promise you kept?
  • Write down a daily list of goals. For me personally, I have done this every morning for the last three years and it holds me accountable for what I wish to accomplish that day.  This helps with willpower because it will help develop solid internal behaviors when it comes to getting things done.  Do you have a list of daily goals?
  • Plan appointments with yourself. These are different from goals, tasks, or “to-do’s” in the sense that these cannot be broken.  An appointment with yourself to exercise is a great example of something you cannot break.  Don’t miss it.  Just don’t.
  • Have an accountability partner. There is something very powerful about having an outside party keep tabs on your development.  It creates a sense of accountability that you would otherwise not have if you are tackling your life alone. Have a weekly call with them and give them updates on your progress.  Who is your accountability partner?

Did you know?  Coach Jim Johnson is still active in the basketball world.  Last week, he held a basketball clinic for local CYO coaches of grades 3-12 in Rochester, NY.

Life Tip# 37:  It takes 21 days to change a habit of moderate complexity

Choosing the Right People for your Team

Are you picking the right people for your team?

When deciding on team members, how do you decide who is the best fit?  Is it the best overall talent or are you looking for specific characteristics that will fit best into your current collection of individuals?  Over the years, I have compiled some helpful tips on how to choose your team.  Below are some of my favorite things to focus on when putting together your team of all-stars.  Make sure you comment below on what I missed or tips you use.  Enjoy.

  • Great work ethic. Someone who has the drive to be the best is someone I want on my squad. This person will be able to develop into many different things with your guidance.  Do they have what it takes?  Do they have the intangibles?
  • Being coachable means having the ability to adapt to what is being asked of you.  This shows they are putting the team first and are willing to make sacrifices for the betterment of the group.  Coach-ability is also one of the key factors of a growth mindset.
  • Find people that care. This seems simple, but it is crucial that you are able to find people that will have the same core values as the group.  Do they care about their own success or the success of the team?  They also must have a tremendous amount of care for the other team members.  Are you someone who cares about the group?

Did You Know?  Coach Jim Johnson is speaking to staff members and students at Addison Central Schools.  He will be delivering his Goal Setting and Making Your Dreams Come True keynotes and looks forward to serving your organizations in the future.  Let him know how he can help.

Life Tip# 85:  Instead of competing with people, look to complete people

Show Appreciation to Others

How do you show your appreciation to others?

Showing appreciation to others is a great way to establish trust and mold yourself into a quality leader.  When someone does something to help you out, it becomes an opportunity for you to give back in return.  Whether the situation calls for something small or something big, you must reciprocate.  Below are some tips I have gathered to show appreciation to others.  Enjoy.

  • Say “please” and “thank you.” It seems simple, but these two phrases are very underutilized at times.  If someone holds the door open, say “thank you.”  If you are asking for assistance from someone, say “please.”  Keep it simple and be polite at all times.  You can thank me later.
  • Send written Thank You cards. This creates more of a memory than a text or a call.  It also allows you to personalize your “thank you” in ways you ordinarily would not be able to.  When was the last time you sent someone a written “Thank You” card?
  • Respond accordingly. If you receive an inquiry from someone and the answer is “no,” don’t string them along.  Respond accordingly and be respectful of their time.  Return phone calls promptly and show them the courtesy of a response no matter the situation.  Respond to emails, texts, and phone calls and treat each person as if they were the CEO of a company you are trying to land a job with.

Did You Know?  Coach had a great time speaking at the annual National Speakers Bureau conference in North Dakota and has already received a handful of inquiries to speak across the country.  His 2017 calendar is filling up!

Life Tip #2:  Tell people you care about them.  Tell family members you love them.

How to Create Change in your Life

Are you creating change?

For some people, change is scary.  It conflicts with our daily routines and leaves doubt in our minds that everything will be okay.  In terms of personal development, however, there is no greater occurrence than change.  It forces our brains to think differently and our minds to grow at an extremely high rate.  Below are some tips I have compiled to create change in your life.  Make sure you pick your favorite tip and instill it as part of your everyday life.  Enjoy.

  • Know what you want. Make it exact and specific.  Write it down and be clear about what you want and why you want it.  What do you want?
  • Keep promises. Most importantly, keep promises and appointments with yourself.  If you set a goal or have a deadline, stick to it.  This will get you in the proper mindset to make significant changes in your personal lifestyle.
  • Sit quietly. Even if it’s for five minutes each day, sit quietly and turn off your brain.  This will help prioritize your thoughts and what’s important to you.  Create these small disciplines for yourself and hold yourself accountable for completing them regularly.
  • Replace bad habits. Many people want to quit smoking or lose weight.  Instead of just cutting out something (ex: smoking), replace it with something more beneficial.  For instance, if you are trying to lose weight, every time you have a craving for sweets, have a piece of fruit instead.  This will subconsciously replace this craving with a healthy one.  What is a bad habit that you can do without?

Did you know? – Coach Jim Johnson has retired as a basketball coach, but is still coaching people through his leadership keynotes and goal setting workshops.  He is also willing to coach people independently.

“The entire staff was inspired by the J-Mac story told through the eyes of the coach.  The Genesee Valley Club would highly recommend you to other organizations who desire an energetic, professional speaker to motivate their team.”

-Reinhard Danger- G.M. of Genesee Valley Club

Life Tip #36:  What is the biggest room in the world?  The room for improvement.

Five Tips to Build a Championship Team

How are you building a championship team?

Championship teams don’t form overnight.  It takes years of focus and dedication to get the most out of your squad.  If you ever read about Coach K and his philosophy on building a championship team, you will likely read about his “fist” mentality.  He explains that each of his five players are a finger and to have the greatest impact, each member of the team must come together to form a tightly closed fist.  Unified in every aspect and working alongside one another for the same purpose.  In this week’s #CJJblog I will give you my top 5 tips to creating a championship team.  Enjoy.

  • Understand your “why” team mission. What is your team all about?  What do you hope to achieve together?  Get feedback from your team and create a purpose for your team.  This will help unify everyone’s thoughts toward one overlying goal.
  • Have team goals. What are your team goals for this season? Unify them and develop these goals with the intension of getting everyone on the same page.
  • Understand your players’ individual goals. What do your players hope to achieve individually?  Make sure you ask them and set goals for them on an individual level.  This will help develop a new level of trust, as they will appreciate your level of care for their personal goals.
  • Have team/captain’s meetings. I hold my captain’s meetings on a weekly basis, which helps get the current vibe of the team.  Your captain’s will stay alert and vigilant to what’s going on with the team as a whole and communicate that info onto you.
  • Have an annual theme. What is the best theme for your current group of players?  Having themes form year-to-year will help identify each team or graduating class.  Create a slogan or phrase to repeat throughout the season.

Did You Know?: Coach Jim Johnson speaks to athletic teams as well as sales and business teams across the country.

“Every member of our sales team walked out of Coach’s speech ready to attack their challenges and overcome any obstacles they may encounter.”

-Dave Carvajal, VP, The ladders-

“Our sales team walked away with the message of Coach’s ‘6 Keys of Leadership.’  He truly achieved creating a transformational experience of the magic of passion, perseverance, and the power of teamwork.”

-Kent Walrack, President of Lyons Magnus-

Life Tip #83:  Be a team Builder

Coach’s Dozen – Leadership Books

What are your favorite leadership books?

Throughout my time writing the #CJJblog I have constantly encouraged readers to grow your mind.  As someone who practices what they preach, I make sure I am reading at least 30 minutes each day to grow my mind.  This week I am starting the “Coach’s Dozen” and giving you my top 12 books within a certain category.  Below are my top 12 books on leadership.  Let me know which ones you have read and what you think of them.  Enjoy.

  • Seven Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen Covey
  • The Score Takes Care of Itself – Bill Walsh
  • The 12 Leadership Principles of Dean Smith – David Chadwick
  • My Personal Best – John Wooden
  • Martin Luther King Jr on Leadership – Donald Phillips
  • Principle Centered Leadership – Stephen Covey
  • 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership – John Maxwell
  • Real Leadership – John Addison and John David Mann
  • Leadership – Rudolph Giuliani
  • The 5 Levels of Leadership – John Maxwell
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie
  • Lincoln on Leadership – Donald Phillips

True leaders take on responsibility for themselves.  They do not pass blame onto others, nor do they make excuses for their mistakes and hardships.  The books above illustrate the sides of leaders and what they are all about.  If you wish to be a true leader, you must always look to grow not only yourself, but your team as well.  Have a great weekend and let me know how I can help grow your mind.  Which book is your favorite?

Life Tip #43:  Leaders are readers

Mental Part of the Game (Part 2)

How do you prepare your mind for competition?

Our mind is equally as important as our bodies to be ready for competition.  Last week, I gave you a few tips to keep your mind sharp while preparing for battle.  This week, I continue that trend and give you a few more.  Make sure to pick out at least one and execute it the next time you find yourself in preparation for competition.  Enjoy.

  • Meditation can be a very powerful tool for your mind to relax.  You can listen to music, motivational speakers, or nothing at all.  You must be relaxed prior to competition.  This will also help you to think positive thoughts, as opposed to being stressed out and worrying about the worst possible outcome.  How do you prefer to relax?
  • Sit quietly. Especially in today’s world with all the unnecessary noise, you must find time to simply sit peacefully by yourself with your own thoughts and your own voice.  This is a great way to control your own mind and not let anyone else contaminate it with negativity.  A common way to grow your mind while sitting quietly is to mindstorm ways to accomplish your biggest goal you seek to accomplish.  I challenge you to write down TEN way you can accomplish your most desired goal.  Will you execute?

Summer is here and many of us now have a little more free time on our hands.  Make use of this free time and grow your mind.  As we make our way through 2016, I want you to ask yourself “How am I making the most of my life?”  This question will drive you to accomplish great things throughout your life.  Have a great week, everyone!

Life Tip #34: Proper Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance

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