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Week of 6/27 | Circle-Up Reflection Questions


1 - Monty Williams | ALWAYS COMPETE

2 - Nick Saban | ADAPT - DON’T COMPLAIN

3 - Nick Saban | DEVLOPMENT

4 - Nick Saban | DO YOU KNOW WHAT IT TAKES?


Monty Williams | ALWAYS COMPETE


Monty Williams is an NBA head coach. When asked what his teams do best, he said, “We compete.” He said former NBA all-star Alonzo Mourning once told him, “Hard work doesn’t guarantee success, but without it, you have no shot.”

SOMETHING(s) TO THINK ABOUT


1 - What is your biggest takeaway from this video?

2 - What does the word compete mean to you?

3 - Who is the best competitor you have ever known?

4 - What is something you learned, or could learn, from them?

Nick Saban and Joel Klatt


Nick Saban is one of the most successful coaches in the history of sports and is considered by many to be the greatest coach in college football history. He did an interview with Joel Klatt in which he talked about his ability to adapt to different eras, how he evaluates and develops talent, and what it takes to be a great coach.


You can find the interview in its entirety here:

Nick Saban | ADAPT - DON’T COMPLAIN


At the 7:52, Nick Sabaned, “What are you adjusting to and evolving with, on and off the field?”


He said, “You have to be flexible. If you are flexible, you have a willingness to adapt, and your willingness to adapt is really important because things are always changing.


A lot of people want to complain, but complaining is a distraction from the solution. You have to spend most of your time trying to figure out what is the solution, and how can we adapt. Most of the time it comes down to doing a better job building relationships, and creating more VALUE for your players so they are happier here and want to stay here because long-term, they can create more value for themselves here.”


SOMETHING(s) TO THINK ABOUT


1 - What is your biggest takeaway from this video?

2 - What are the most important changes that we have had to adapt to?

3 - How do you respond to change?

NICK SABAN | EVALUATING RECRUITING CLASSES


We all want to recruit the best talent, but when you bring in top talent, what are you doing to grow and develop them?


Some programs bring in the highest recruits in the country but never have success, while other programs recruit lower-ranked athletes, and help them grow into champions.


Nick Saban was asked about his ability to evaluate recruits at the 9:43 mark, and he said it's more about developing who you get to come.


“If you had a litter of puppy dogs, how would you say which ones are going to be the best dogs, and which ones of them aren’t? When the players get here, the focus has to be on their development and what they develop into.”


So many are quick to throw away talent when things aren’t going right, but you have to ask yourself, “Am I creating an environment where they are able to learn, grow, develop, and do their best work?”

Nick Saban | DO YOU KNOW WHAT IT TAKES?


When an interviewer told Nick Saban he always wanted to coach at the 11:40 mark, Saban said when players come to Alabama, always ask them two questions:


1 - Why did you come to Alabama? 2 - Do you know what that entails?


He said, “You want to be a coach, you want to be in the locker room, you want to compete, you want to have an outcome, but do you know what that entails? Are you willing to work from 7 in the morning to 10 at night, 4 or 5 days a week, not be around your kids very much, and not see them grow up?”


You have to know what it takes to get what you want, and then you have to be willing to do what it takes - sacrifices and all.


SOMETHING(s) TO THINK ABOUT


1 - What is your biggest takeaway from this video? 2 - What do you want to be?

3 - Do you know what it is going to take?


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