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Former UCLA basketball coach John Wooden offers tips for courting success

Former UCLA coach John Wooden retired in 1975. Since retiring, business leaders have used his insights on managing people and organizations.

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Former UCLA coach John Wooden retired in 1975. Since retiring, business leaders have used his insights on managing people and organizations.

John Wooden is generally regarded as college basketball's greatest coach. His teams at the University of California at Los Angeles during the 1960s and 1970s won 10 NCAA men's basketball national championships and set records for consecutive victories. Since retiring in 1975, the 97-year-old coach has gained fame as a philosopher and motivator. • His "Pyramid of Success" guide to life is revered by former players and business leaders for its insight on how to help individuals to grow and how to manage organizations. Los Angeles Times 10 tips for business owners

John Wooden offers these tips to help business owners become better leaders.

Listen. One thing that is often overlooked in leadership is the ability to listen.

Care. Make those under your supervision feel that you care for them — personally and professionally.

Recognize. Everybody likes to have a pat on the back or some sign of appreciation.

Prepare. Failure to prepare is preparing to fail. You must not put things off.

Be industrious. Nothing can be accomplished without hard work. By looking for the easy way, you are not adding strength, you are not building.

Have enthusiasm. If you don't enjoy what you are doing, you are not going to inspire others to do best.

Be patient. Good things take time. And that's the way it should be.

Have confidence. You must believe in yourself to expect those under your supervision to act with much confidence.

Don't fear failure. Have initiative but don't be afraid of failure. We are all going to fail at times because we are all imperfect.

Win respect. You have to have the respect of those under your supervision. You can't obtain that respect unless you are honest with them and they can depend upon you.

Former UCLA basketball coach John Wooden offers tips for courting success 07/02/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 2, 2008 10:00am]

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