The Butler Way

The Butler Way feat Brad Stevens

Definition of Goal: The result to which effort is aimed.

A lot of high-level coaches are going away from talking about goals with their players?  Let’s investigate why…

When you focus on a goal – what do you focus on?  The result.  When you focus on the “effort” aimed at the goal, you’re focused on the process.  What’s the difference?  There’s a big one!

Brad Stevens was the youngest coach to ever take a University to back-to-back National Championship games.   He’s completely gone away from talking about goals with his players.

He focuses on the process.  Their mission, he says, “Is to win each game one possession at a time.”

So, how do you build a program around this concept?  Butler has.  They use a pyramid model to explain their philosophy.

Tier 1:  Character.   Butler is built on 5 principles: Humility, Passion, Unity, Servanthood, and Thankfulness.   They give these words meaning, so they aren’t just words, they become the standards of the program.  They call it “The Butler Way.”

Tier 2: Preparation.  Where does Butler’s confidence come from?  Their preparation.  Most would tell you, who are around the game, that there aren’t too many coaches that are better when it comes to getting their team ready to play over Brad Steven’s.  He’s one of the best.

Tier 3: Performance.  Do your job to the best of your ability is something you will hear often when you are around the Butler program.  Essentially that means performing your role that you have prepared for when game-time comes.

Tier 4: Result.  The outcome of your effort.

What’s interesting about their pyramid, and it’s by design, is that each level you go up, the tiers get smaller.  Which portrays the way they focus their energy on each of these topics.

The tiers at the bottom receive more attention than the tiers at the top.  Why?  Because they effect the result.   The three lower tiers are the process.

Results are used as tools.  They tell you what you did well and why (so you can repeat) but also what you need to work on and how (so you can fix).

When you use results to improve your process – that’s how you get better one possession at a time.

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