Richard Sparks on what we can learn from John Wooden: “One of the noticeable things about the way Wooden worked his UCLA teams was to spend much more time in drill (focused on specific skills) than scrimmaging (playing a mock game). The advantage was that in drill, he could focus his players’ work on skills and techniques that needed work (passing, shooting, defense, etc.), whereas in a scrimmage, only one player had the ball at any one time and less work for each player.”
I’ve also found Wooden’s advice helpful from a larger perspective as well. There are several books about him that I have read, including Beyond Success and They Call Me Coach. Of course, there is also his pyramid of success which can be applied to any endeavor. What I love most is that the cornerstones of the pyramid are Industriousness and Enthusiasm. If you demonstrate just those two qualities, you’re already most of the way there.