How can you thrive without your best player?

Have you dealt with the loss if a top player?

When we lose a top player to injury or other circumstances, we are faced with a new set of challenges.  How do you go about adjusting your teams’ direction when you suffer a key loss?  When Duke lost Zion Williamson to a knee injury, they lost two of three games and have looked out of sorts at times.  Near the end of my coaching career, we lost a key player to injury and we overcame adversity to make it all the way to the state finals.  How did we do it?  The #CJJblog this week talks about how you can stay on track when you lose one of your best players.  Enjoy.

  • Readjust mindset.  Convey confidence to your team that success is still on the horizon.  Get everyone on board and recalibrate goals.
  • Be proactive.  You should never expect the worst-case scenario, but you can certainly prepare for it.  Have a backup plan in case things go awry.  Motivate your other players to step up and enhance their roles.
  • Teach leadership. If you preach leadership values from day one, each player will automatically step up and take charge.  Extend your message by getting others on board with the mission.
  • Challenge everyone.  When your top player goes down, everyone will likely have new/increased responsibilities.  Allow them to thrive in their new roles.
  • Rally around the cause.  Winning becomes secondary to the cause that becomes your “why.”  What is your team fighting for?

Did You Know?  Coach Jim Johnson is delivering his Inspirational keynote to the key leaders at CW Matthews Contracting Company in Atlanta, GA on March 8th

Life Tip #79:  Learn from the past, produce in the present, and plan for the future