Sept. 23, 2021

Special Leadership Guru Recast – Leading with a Broom and a Shovel with Cori Close, Head Coach of UCLA Women’s Basketball

Special Leadership Guru Recast – Leading with a Broom and a Shovel with Cori Close, Head Coach of UCLA Women’s Basketball

In Episode 48, we are continuing our fan favorites mini-series with a re-cast of our interview with Cori Close, Head Coach of UCLA Women’s Basketball, who talked with Phil about lessons she learned from her mentor, John Wooden, her personal...


In Episode 48, we are continuing our fan favorites mini-series with a re-cast of our interview with Cori Close, Head Coach of UCLA Women’s Basketball, who talked with Phil about lessons she learned from her mentor, John Wooden, her personal “Why,” what a broom and a shovel have to do with leadership, her Close Conversations, healthy conflict, gratitude, Championship Level Habits, doing the next right thing, and how work done in the dark gets revealed in the light. Specifically, Coach Close discusses:

  • Issues with specialization in one sport too early (2:52)
  • How she developed her passion for soccer, basketball, and leadership, and how she got to be where she is today (4:02)
  • Some lessons she learned while being mentored by the incomparable, John Wooden (8:56)
  • Her personal “Why” and life mission, and how it informs her leadership (12:40)
  • What are the things from sports that will stay with us for our whole life (14:44)
  • Why she has a broom and a shovel in her office (18:55)
  • How we can find and what we can learn from her Close Conversations on social media (21:44)
  • Why healthy conflict and tension is necessary for any healthy team (24:34)
  • A “have-to” vs. “get-to” mentality and why it matters (32:54)
  • Creating and reaching Championship Level Habits (39:16)
  • Doing the next right thing in the midst of the wrestle and getting back to neutral (45:57)
  • What she wants her players to know when they leave her program (53:16)
  • What she has learned directly from basketball (and soccer) that she has used in her life and leadership outside the game(s) (54:41)
  • How the work done in the dark gets revealed in the light (58:34)
  • Her book and podcast recommendations (1:00:44)

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