The “Corner Office” feature in The New York Times Business section had an interesting and thought-provoking interview with Tara VanDerveer, the Stanford women’s basketball coach, “How to Win More Games Than Anyone”.
Coach VanDerveer, who is about to surpass Coach K for the most wins, has an approach to coaching that is very different from earlier legends like Bobby Knight.
Tara rarely loses her temper, looks for “win-win” situations, and actively scouts other coaches in different sports to see what they are doing that is succeeding.
One thing she said stood out to me in particular, “I love what I do. And I have great people around me — assistant coaches who complement me with different strengths.”
Tara’s approach, in my opinion, makes a lot of sense. The world has changed. coaches and business leaders need to change too, or be left behind.
Financial strategies for success have changed dramatically as well.
To succeed you need people with different skills, who understand the new strategies, and are experts at what they do.
Reach out to me if you want to discuss more about how to win more often and love what you do.