Why you need a flywheel
In my first year of teaching I was put in charge of the girls’ basketball program. That meant I was the only coach for about 50 kids on three different teams. It was a great opportunity to impact the lives of young women, but there was one problem. I didn’t know anything about basketball!
Additionally, because I was coaching three teams, practice time was extremely limited. In spite of these challenges, we had very successful teams, both in terms of developing people and in winning games.
A significant part of our success was due to our flywheel.
The term was coined by Jim Collins in his classic book, Good to Great. It refers to a set of practices that, when repeated over and over again, lead to organizational improvement and success.
Our basketball flywheel looked like this:
Play high pressure defense in order to force turnovers. Capitalize on turnovers by transitioning quickly and use a numerical advantage to score on fast breaks. Rinse and repeat. Our flywheel did the following:
The flywheel constitutes strategic practices that, when engaged in consistently, drive organizational improvement.
I would love to feature other people’s flywheels here, so please share yours with me if you have one. And if you don’t have one…
Do good and be well,
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