Every Wichita State University (WSU) men's basketball player knows how to finish the rhyme that serves as the headline for today's blog post. It's the Shocker mantra:“Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Let your good be better and your better best.” Steve Dickie, Character Coach for WSU’s men's basketball team, attributes the Shockers' success to Coach Gregg Marshall's emphasis on developing leadership and character in each of his players. Dickie shared his presentation on the value of both of these attributes with Chamber members at this morning’s Sunrise Scrambler. Here is a recap of how he motivates athletes to improve their personal and professional lives by continually improving their character. INVESTMENT You’re going to have to dig deep to get through life’s rough spots. Preparing in advance for these curves in the road helps you develop the stamina you'll need to get through them. SERVICE True service to each other and to your community raises your own value and can actually be fun. Embody servant leadership and seek to serve those who aren't typically recognized for their efforts. GRATITUDE Thankfulness is contagious and shapes your perception of situations and the people around you. You’ll always find what you are looking for, so use your selective perception to find and focus on the positive. CELEBRATION Celebrate the gifts you see in each other and all the victories in each day. Oh, and it doesn’t hurt to have a catchy victory tune to celebrate with…Ay-Oh here we go! (Click here for a video clip of Steve leading the Shockers' locker-room victory chant at today's event.) FOCUS Ask yourself these three questions: - What do I need most? - What is standing in my way? - What do I eliminate to get there? Then sum it all up in one word that you can visualize when you’re feeling extreme pressure. Sample words from some of your favorite Shocker players: Perspective (Fred Van Vleet), Benefit (Ron Baker), Humble (Tekele Cotton), and Love (Cleanthony Early). Steve had more words of wisdom to share with the group and we’ll post some of his favorite leadership quotes tomorrow. See photos of today’s events on the Chamber’s Facebook page and Instagram account. Follow the conversation about Steve’s presentation at #ictchamber and @ventureboldly. Follow Steve @sdickie56. You can read more about Steve Dickie's work with the Shockers in this Kansas Leadership Center profile and this Wichita Eagle story.
Good, better, best. Never let it rest.
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