Our Great Coach on this episode is Dan Hughes.
Dan is an American Basketball coach with over 40 years experience.
He started his career as a head coach in 1978, ultimately coaching in the WNBA for 20 years with stops at Charlotte, Cleveland, San Antonio and Seattle. He has coached the second-most games in the leagues history (598) and is tied for third in victories with 286.
He has twice coached teams to the WNBA championship, the Seattle Storm in 2018 and 2020, and was twice named WNBA coach of the year in 2001 and 2007.
And was an Assistant for the USA womens team that won gold at the 2018 FIBA World Cup and at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.
Dan is a coach with both high integrity and empathy. He is a connector of people, finding ways for relationships to form so that the output is greater than the individual could produce alone. And he then takes great joy and satisfaction from seeing how these relationships produce success.
He also embodies the critical leadership traits of selflessness, resilience and empowerment and shares some wonderful stories to illustrate these qualities in a way that makes you stop and reflect on your own character.
Some of the key highlights of the interview are:
His view that statistics can often leave you feeling empty, and its more importance to condense them into priorities that can people can act on.
The importance of talking more about what you want people to do; not what they have done, so that it sets an understanding of what is required.
And how you can become better at empowering people by being genuinely happy when other people are successful.
This was a conversation that had my reflecting deeply on my style afterwards, and I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
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