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Steve Kerr Brings Home A Win

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The Warriors have won another Championship! Their tenacity and hard work have surely paid off with this win. Let’s take a look at their head coach, Steve Kerr, and how he has influenced his team.

Steve Kerr has been the head coach of the Golden State Warriors for four seasons. During this time the Warriors have won three Championships! Steve Kerr starred at the University of Arizona and then played in the NBA for 15 years with Phoenix, Cleveland, Orlando, Chicago, San Antonio, and Portland. Steve Kerr was an outstanding three-point shooter who played on five NBA Championship teams—three with the Chicago Bulls and two with the San Antonio Spurs. In his post-playing days, in addition to being a coach, Kerr has been a front office executive and a broadcaster. Coaching isn’t easy and doesn’t come naturally to everyone, but it definitely seems that Kerr was meant to be in this sort of position.

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Steve Kerr has the heart of a champion and the rings to back it up! Kerr is an eight-time NBA Champion: five as a player and three as a coach. When he was a teenager, his father Malcolm, who was the President of the American University of Beirut, was murdered in Lebanon. Kerr showed that he is a very strong person who treats people well. He has gone on to achieve so much in the game of basketball. Kerr’s players respect him because he relates very well to them. He treats each player as an individual and is flexible in his approach. This enables him to maximize each player’s potential.

He may yell at a player; however, he never will insult a player personally. Steve Kerr is less about confrontation and more about collaboration. He has terrific players. Undeniably, you must have key players to win, but great coaches have an “edge and fire” to them, which Kerr possesses. So what can we take away from Steve and how he manages his team?

Forbes thinks CEOs could learn a thing or two from this coach and I couldn’t agree more. Their list talks about what values you want to instill in your team. This one caught my eye under the very first value: Joy.

Joy causes you to focus on the journey; not just the end result. It fuels the fires of perseverance in the hard times. Joy enables you to play loser, with more freedom and aliveness, which ultimately means you’re going to play with more creativity and tenacity.

What a fantastic point of view. Through all that hard work, the players never became dejected or gave up when the odds didn’t seem to be in their favor. It’s thanks to a love of the game and a certain head coach that this team is a winner. Leaders know how much work it takes to build an award-worthy team. Mark Brown took a look at what it takes to build a high-performance team and reaching goals. What are the requirements for this kind of success?

    1. Connect emotionally. Your team members need to know you truly care about them. It is easy to connect on the highs, but you must also connect at the lows.

    2. Connect intellectually. Challenge them. Teach them. Listen to them.

    3. Resolve conflicts quickly and effectively. Conflicts can spiral out of control if not addressed immediately. Understand individual views but build cohesive views.

    4. Support the individual but align effort in favor of the team. Recognize individual efforts individually, recognize and reward team accomplishments in the team environment.

Many of these could likely be applied to coach Steve Kerr. Congrats to him and to the Warriors on winning another Championship!

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Howard Kellman

Howard Kellman

Howard Kellman is the longtime radio and television “voice” of the Indianapolis Indians and a professional speaker. When he’s not broadcasting, he travels around the country inspiring audiences.
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