Mark Emery continues this series with part four discussing the heart of the pyramid: condition, skill and team spirit. Part 4 -- Heart of the Pyramid: Condition, Skill and Team Spirit Coach Wooden's All-Time Best Starting Five Industriousness Enthusiasm Condition Fundamentals...
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Mark Emery continues this series with part four discussing the heart of the pyramid: condition, skill and team spirit.Part 4 -- Heart of the Pyramid: Condition, Skill and Team Spirit
Coach Wooden's All-Time Best Starting Five
- Team Spirit
Day-to-day fire station success has little to do with your fire chief, your arm patch, your years of service, how many fire stations or firefighters your department has, or how many alarms your department responds to. Day-to-day fire station success has everything to do with you.
In the March and April issues of Firehouse®, you were introduced to Levels One and Two of The Fire Station Pyramid of Success. Level One provides five behavioral blocks that establish a strong foundation for personal and professional leadership: Industriousness, friendliness, loyalty, cooperation and enthusiasm. Level Two establishes the four blocks of character: self-control, alertness, initiative and intentness. This month you will be introduced to three blocks that comprise Level Three: condition, skill and team spirit. Collectively, these three blocks establish the "preparation level" of the Fire Station Pyramid of Success. Once firmly in place, Level Three will enable you to add the two blocks of Level Four, the "leadership level." These two blocks are poise and confidence. Level Four will be discussed in the June issue of Firehouse®. Collectively, these four levels, comprised of 14 blocks, will help you establish a legacy of personal and professional leadership.
The Fire Station Pyramid of Success is an adaptation of the original Pyramid of Success developed by coaching legend John. R. Wooden (see part one for an account of Wooden's accomplishments as UCLA head basketball coach). Coach Wooden's primary expectation for his teams was that each player do everything within the limits of his ability to become the best that they are capable. Live, lead and follow according to the principles of the Fire Station Pyramid of Success and you will harvest the benefits of professional excellence and fire station success.
It's Your Fire Station
You can choose to have a "championship" crew, fire station and life. All you've got to do is begin; choose to begin building your Fire Station Pyramid of Success. However, as with any structural system, you must begin by establishing a sturdy foundation:
- Level One (Firehouse®, March 2008) -- The first level serves as the foundation for your Pyramid. Be industrious (work hard). Be enthusiastic about your work and life. Be friendly, be loyal and be cooperative. After establishing a strong and secure foundation, you're ready to add the next level to your pyramid.
- Level Two (Firehouse®, April 2008) -- Develop self-control, be alert and show initiative. Live and work with intentness. Coach Wooden considered Level Two to be the character level.
This month you'll be prepared to achieve poise and confidence (Level Four) by adding Level Three, the preparation level. Level Three is comprised of condition, skill and team spirit.
Level Three: The Heart of Your Pyramid
Coach Wooden referred to Level Three, the preparation level, as the "heart" of the Pyramid of Success. Preparation is the heart of a champion and the heart of a championship team and will establish the heart of your championship fire station and crew. This third tier is comprised of three blocks: condition, skill and team spirit. These three attributes are achievable -- and sustainable -- because they are supported by the first two levels of your Pyramid. Completion of Level Three will enable you to achieve poise and confidence, the "leadership level" of your Pyramid.
Condition is comprised of equal parts physical condition, mental condition, moral condition and emotional condition. Coach Wooden taught his players that peak physical condition is not enough to be a champion. There are scores of gifted athletes who can run, shoot and rebound. He believed his players could not attain -- and maintain -- champion-level physical condition without first and foremost being mentally, morally and emotionally conditioned. Coach Wooden further asserted that you cannot be morally conditioned unless you are spiritually conditioned. Mental conditioning was at least as important to Wooden as physical conditioning.