by Dana Cavalea August 19, 2019

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Hey Team-

Happy Monday!

You ready? Ready to go hard this week?

Strategy in place. Plan in place. Focus in place.


When it comes to planning, there were few in sports that were better than Legendary UCLA Basketball Coach, John Wooden.

Born in Indiana, Coach loved one thing more than basketball: EDUCATION.

He was not a Basketball Coach, but a teacher.

This is a tremendous lesson for those who lead others.


Well, instead of classifying yourself as a Leader, what if you saw yourself as a Teacher with an obligation to get the most out of those you lead?

That begins by YOU having a solid platform to work off of. A solid plan.

A way of seeing yourself that is truly grounded, rooted, and built in a positive frame.

In an era where Leadership, Success, Hustle, are being thrown at us through every medium possible.. it is time we think about what works best for US, what we want our leadership style to be and look like, and most importantly, we have to realize in order to be GREAT, it begins by focusing on others.

Yup. The more successful we can make those around us, aligning them to a standard of performance that matches OURs as Leaders, matches the values of the Organization they (we) serve, the better chances we have at winning.

When Wooden picked his teams, he didn't see GREAT PLAYERS, he saw GREAT PEOPLE with a willingness to LEARN, to ADAPT, to BE A PART OF THE PROGRAM.

He had high standards and expectations that everybody followed because they bought into the process, better known as The PYRAMID.

Do you have a pyramid you align your people to?

A document that keeps everyone aligned, focused, and in accordance to a set of values and principles?

Most don't-- then they wonder why their People are Out of Control, or not matching the norms/ culture they are working to create.

If you teach, that is Leadership.

If you lead by example, executing on the standards and values you have put in place for yourself and the team, that is Leadership.

What made Coach special is that he knew something many did not:


Amazing right?

He won because of his principles.

He won because of his players adopting them as theirs.

He won because he was not putting pressure on his team to win, but rather double down on the principles and process he has in place to create the perfect practice.

No wasted time.

High values.

High standards.

No B.S.-- but always having an open door for his people.

Lead your team to greatness today.

Let's GO!

Chase Greatness.


Dana Cavalea
Dana Cavalea

Dana Cavalea is the World Champion Director of Strength and Conditioning & Performance of the New York Yankees. Currently, he is a High Performance Speaker & Consultant to Pro Athletes, Entrepreneurs, Business Executives, and Workforces on lifestyle strategies to reduce stress, improve work/life integration, and most importantly improve daily performance /outcomes. Book Dana to Speak at your Company Event or Conference Today!

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January 24, 2023

Very helpful advice in this particular post! It’s the little changes that make the largest changes. Thanks for sharing!
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