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Brad Stevens Shows Us What Success Looks Like

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Brad Stevens is in his fourth year as head coach of the Boston Celtics and the team has improved in each of his years at the helm. This speaks to his skillful management!

Currently, the Celtics are in first place in the Atlantic Division, and they have the second best record in the Eastern Conference (40-22). Brad Stevens was the head coach at Butler University for six years, prior to joining the Celtics. His Butler team had two 30-win seasons and four 20-win seasons. The Bulldogs went to the NCAA Championship Game under Stevens in back to back seasons (2010 & 2011). Butler went 166-49 in Brad Stevens tenure there.

Brad Stevens is a terrific coach! Stevens turned down many other jobs to remain at Butler, but when the Boston Celtics came calling, he went to the Pros. The success the student athletes had while Stevens was at Butler was incredible! Those Butler teams were overachievers. Now, Brad Stevens is succeeding as an NBA coach.

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There have been a number of terrific college basketball coaches who have not done well in the NBA. How does Stevens do it?

For starters, Brad Stevens is a very intelligent man. He brings tremendous focus and attention to detail to the job. All great coaches and managers hold players accountable. Even though Coach Stevens is calm and composed, he holds his players accountable. The even keeled disposition he posseses, has a very positive and settling effect on his players. He’s had the honor of coaching the East Team in the recent NBA All-Star Game. Brad Stevens is a gentleman, a scholar, a man of integrity, and someone who has achieved so much, at the young age of 40.

“You earn the right to win with effort and togetherness.” Brad Stevens

Stevens can easily be considered Boston’s greatest asset. And he has no plans of leaving! According to CBS Sports:

“Everybody has a pretty good idea of where I stand, and I think ultimately I’m going to be here. I think that’s pretty well known.”

“I think it’s all flattering, but it’s certainly flattering to ever be considered, because there aren’t that many jobs out there,” he said. “But at the same time, I’m really flattered to be here and thankful to be here.”

“I feel like I lived a lifetime with just the 13 years in the college game,” Stevens said. “I’m happy for what I had a chance to experience. I don’t reminisce too much about it, but I relish the opportunities and certainly the people I did it with.”

Celtics general manager, Danny Ainge, had nothing but positive things to say as well. USA Today reported:

“It’s not like he has some secret formula,” Ainge said. “He’s a really hard worker, he’s a really smart guy, and he has great integrity. He has great communication skills and has a calming influence in a tense world. I’ve grown to appreciate that demeanor. He holds players accountable in a calm and consistent fashion.

“He looks at the positives – the things players can do and doesn’t focus, dwell and whine about the things players can’t do. He tries to put them in a position where they can succeed.”

Looking at the positives is something necessary for anyone, in any career, to find success. We have found how much negativity not only reduces productivity, but can also have a major impact on your personal life, too. No one wants to work with a whiner! Stevens has proved time and time again that he is the right man for the job and will most likely be here to stay. His career is impressive and flourishing!

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Howard Kellman

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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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