John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success

Describe the extent to which John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success fits today’s business environment after reflecting on your own organization or one that you have observed. Provide three (3) examples to support the response. 

John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success involved 15 blocks of success that were instrumental in Wooden’s phenomenal success in coaching. In today’s business environment, John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success applies as a business cannot be successful without some form of leadership. In order for a business to be successful, one must know the basics and have certain fundamentals to believe in. the idea of Wooden’s Pyramid of success does not necessarily mean that in the business environment one always means. Rather, it is about feeling contented and happy that one achieved the best that they could. A great competitor welcomes the opponent and performs at their best regardless the situation (Zinger, 2012). 

As an entrepreneur, one also needs to believe and have patience in order to be successful. For example, when a business is not performing well, one has to consider two things that lead to the apex which are patience and faith. With these in mind, it would be easy to have things work out even in the toughest business environment. A business is not always about material gains and so human dynamics have to be dealt with in the most appropriate manner. Just like John Wooden cared about his players and their families and wanted to know their problems, business leaders should also care for their employees in order to build strong organizations. It is important to understand that in a business setting, when one helps others in the business, they are also helping themselves. The pyramid of success is therefore an incredible model in today’s business model (Zinger, 2012). 

Typify your leadership style, and provide three (3) examples of how your own temperament, motivation pattern, thinking styles, character, expectations, and leadership philosophy relate to or contrast themes discussed in John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success

My leadership style is charismatic and just like any other charismatic leader, I am committed to ideological goals. I tend to influence other people through my personality and inspire passion. In addition, I tend to act energetically most of the times in order to influence others. As a charismatic leader, I have exceptional communication skills which when put into good use, can motivate employees during tough times. According to John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success, one has to be able to control themselves before being able to control an organization. It is necessary to care for other people and not just use them for personal gains. As a charismatic leader with excellent communication skills, I can show people how much I care for them by how I communicate with them. John Wooden’s Pyramid of success emphasizes on knowing your people in order to attain success. I am good at picking up moods and concerns for people and in doing so, I am able to know them well. However, my self-belief tends to be so high and according to Wooden, it is important to acknowledge and have interest in them rather than just being concerned on what gains they can bring (Wooden, & Jamison, 2009). . 

Analyze John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success and identify the aspects with which you agree and disagree. Provide a rationale for each aspect. 

John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success offers a bigger picture and different aspects on what can be done to ensure success. The pyramid can be used as a tool to increase the engagement of employees in a business setting. While the different aspects in the pyramid of success are meant to ensure success, I tend to agree with some and disagree with some. One aspect that I totally agree with is building relationships as this is key in ensuring success in a team. Having good relationships with team members or employee ensures the team that they are appreciated and that they matter and this makes them more dedicated to achieving goals. Another aspect that I believe in is having patience and faith in order to achieve competitive greatness. As an entrepreneur one should have patience in believe at any given time in order to achieve what one hopes to attain. Path progress is another aspect that really matters as it is the key to motivation and engagement as people are more encouraged by progress. While I totally agree with most aspects in John Wooden’s pyramid of success, I do not totally agree with the aspect of imperfection. Even though perfection is not easy to achieve, it also has its benefits as it enables people to perform their level best (Wooden, & Jamison, 2009).  

Create a new Pyramid of Success model based on your analysis of John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success, and provide a rationale for each aspect or step of this new model

Based on the analysis of John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success, the following is a new pyramid of success. While it borrows most aspects in John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success, it also incorporates additional factors that will include identifying purpose, vision and goals. It will be difficult to apply the success factors if one has not identified their purpose, vision and goals. This will make up the first tier in the pyramid of success. The second tier will be made up of enthusiasm, industriousness, confidence, team spirit and loyalty as this is what follows purpose and vision identification. Once one has applied enthusiasm, industriousness, confidence, team spirit and loyalty, it would be necessary to build relationships, exercise self-control, skills and poise. One cannot function towards success while lacking self-control, skills, poise and relationships (Johnson, 2004). The fourth tier will be made up of faith, patience and perfection which reminds a person that it takes time to attain perfection and that they should have faith and exercise patience. At the top of the tier is success which is attained step by step. 

Figure 1New pyramid of success model

Using either the coaching philosophy of John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success or your own newly designed Pyramid of Success model, develop a step-by-step strategy that self-directed project team members may use to adapt to any project-related crisis. 

In order for self-directed team members to adapt to any project-related crisis, it would be necessary to follow the following step-by-step strategy that follows the coaching philosophy of John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success. The first step would be to cooperate with team members to use the friendship and loyalty shared in order to face the crisis. This will enable the team to have a spirit of good will while approaching the problem. The next step would be to exercise self-control, be alert and have intentness. Exercising self-control and alertness will enable the team members to function responsibly and productively and think clearly while handling the crisis. The third step would be to use skills to find and implement solutions to the problem. Skills generated overtime are essential in finding effective solutions to a problem and so they are very important at this stage. The next step would be to exercise poise and confidence while still upholding faith and patience. While implementing the solution the team members should exercise poise to ensure that they are not thrown off balance and that they remain cool and collected. Faith and patience is also necessary to ensure that the team members are taking the right path. The final step would be achieving success having followed the four steps (Johnson, 2004). Following the coaching philosophy of John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success will ensure the project team members adapt to any project-related crisis. 


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