The great competitive coaches and managers like keeping score. They know they must win to keep their job. They enjoy winning and thrive on competition. When the numbers are not to their liking, they calmly focus on the specific processes that are not working and work with team members to make improvements. They do the same thing when the scoreboard looks good. The team members respond by staying calm and doing the work necessary to improve results. In the long run there is constant improvement and a happy team. The great coaches do not let the scoreboard control them.
In his terrific book, Hard Work with Tim Crothers, Hall of Fame North Carolina Coach, Roy Williams, describes how he manages the scoreboard:
"I try not to look at the score in the first half, because I don't want that to influence my thinking about how we're playing. Sometimes if a team is taking bad shots and they're making them, a coach could be fooled into thinking his team is playing better than it really is and that just leads to problems later. I try to look at the big picture and focus most on our rebounding and our defense. I have always hoarded timeouts. I've said that when I die, I'm going to have more timeouts left than any other coach.
In the second half, I start checking the score once the clock gets down to the eight-minute mark because by that time we have two opponents: the clock and the other team. That's when I'm usually pretty happy that I have lots of timeouts left to manage the end of the game.
When the game is over, I tell my players they must beat me to the locker room. I don't ever want the whole team waiting around for one guy talking to his girlfriend. I usually give them some quick thoughts on the game and no matter how well we played, I can never be totally satisfied. Even after our best games, I'll say, "Everybody remember the easy one you missed, remember the time you lost your man on defense, remember the time you didn't box out."
If we lose, I usually apologize to them and tell them it's my fault and I must do better.
Then we put our hands in and I say a prayer. I always end that prayer by saying, "We do realize we're more fortunate than others. Amen."
Roy Williams does not let the scoreboard control him.
Do you let the scoreboard control you?