Championship Thinking in Sports

Jim Meier

Championship Thinking in Sports – How to Build a Championship Team with UCLA Head Coach, John Savage

This year’s UCLA Head Coach, John Savage*, led the Bruins to a 21-9 Pac 10 conference record, 49-17 overall record, a 9-0 post-season record and the national championship. Success like this doesn’t happen by random. Of the many factors that must come together, team dynamics is among the most critical skill set. Host Jim Meier’s Seven Dimensions of High Performance Team model and survey is the show’s roadmap. Expect an A+, disciplined lesson on team development and have those expectations met. Worth noting: John had never seen Jim’s model or heard the 20+ questions (the survey contains 56 questions) Jim posed. When you listen to John it will be abundantly clear that John has spent much time during his baseball coaching career 25 thinking about the me/we challenges of ‘Team’ and honing his team development skill set. The seven dimensions are: 1) Purpose and Identity, 2) Respect and Trust, 3) Clear Roles and Responsibility, 4) Commitment and Support, 5) Directed Action, 6) Continued Excellence, and 7) Vitality and Resiliency. * Assistant Coach at U. Nevada-Reno 1992-1995 and USC 1996-2000, Head Coach UC Irvine 2002-2004 and UCLA 2005-present. John was named 2013 national coach of the year by Collegiate Baseball, ABCA and Perfect game USA.