Wednesday, November 01, 2006

RED AUERBACH AND THE TEAM CONCEPT

I've always admired Red Auerbach but I guess I never really thought seriously about why until we lost him this week. Three main things come to mind:

First, he only cared about the quality of a person's character and ability to contribute, not his race or national origin. In the 40's and 50's in Mass., that remarkable in and of itself;

Second, he viewed individuals as important only to the extent they could help his organization. Potential didn't matter. Even spectactualar effort didn't matter. All that mattered what whether that person advanced the goals of the team. If they did, that person was recognized and rewarded.

Finally, he tried to simplify everything his organization attempted. He had no need to be viewed as a genius. He knew simple concepts were easier to teach and retain than complexities. Who among us hasn't appreciated a teacher like that?

Our society needs another Red. I hope he or she arrives soon. Thanks, Red. It was a damn good show.

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At 9:13 AM, November 02, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Red was great.

Heck with politics, for a Thursday nite, you gotta love #3 Westy V. against # 5 Louey V., both 7-0, get out the pizza, popcorn, wings, and beverages and sit back and watch this one, game of the ages for Thursday nites.

Anyone remember a bigger ESPN Thursday nite match-up, ever? If so please post.

 

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