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Coach John Wooden, RIP

By Peter Mirus (bio - articles - email) | Jun 05, 2010

One of the most influential voices in my adult life has been John Wooden, the legendary UCLA basketball coach who died Friday night. I never met the man, but his writing spoke to me very personally, and he unknowingly assumed a mentor's role in my life.

The book Wooden on Leadership (see below) was particularly influential. The wise lessons in that book helped with my personal development and stability, my leadership/management development, and my role as a husband and father. What more can you say than that?

When I checked the news headlines on my laptop this morning, and saw that Coach Wooden had passed, it made me a little emotional. I'm confident that he is in heaven now. He's one that I look forward to meeting when my life reaches its end.

(Note: the Amazon product listing on the left is the Kindle digital version, the one on the right is the hard copy.)

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  • Posted by: kmbold - Jun. 10, 2010 5:14 PM ET USA

    In the late '70s in Redlands, California, I learned that retiring Coach Wooden was scheduled as a guest speaker. Knowing my husband was greatly impressed by his character and ability I secured tickets for both of us. His Pyramid philosophy "made my heart sing". He was not just a winning coach, he was a heroic man. My husband is a lot like him — gifted with good instincts, talent, grace, and the ability and willingness to share them with others.

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