Stumbled upon an absolutely sublime description of Primility out in the wild this morning.
From this article about Davidson head basketball coach Bob McKillop — an underrated coach who you may remember from the Elite 8 run that Steph Curry led a handful of years ago:
“In January, we met in our film room,” McKillop said. “There’s a big floor lamp, and I picked it up and stuck it near a guy’s face and said, ‘That’s a spotlight.’ I left it there for a minute and said, ‘How’s it feel?’ He said, ‘Pretty hot.’
“Then I said, ‘Well, let’s move the spotlight around.’ I waved it around the room. Now it’s not so hot. Everyone’s in the spotlight, for a little bit. I told them that’s what basketball is. And that’s what life is. You need the confidence to hold the spotlight. But you need the humility to spread the spotlight around.”
So where did he get that idea?
“Oh, I stole it from somebody, I’m sure,” McKillop said. “I’m dumb as dirt.”
The confidence to hold the spotlight.
The humility to spread the spotlight around.
Are you comfortable holding the spotlight? Are you willing (and excited) to spread it around?
That balance is absolutely the essence of Primility.
I’ve always liked McKillop and Davidson. I like them even more now. (And no, McKillop most certainly is not “dumb as dirt.”)
Well-taught, not over-coached
By the way, for any basketball fans out there, or anyone interested in general coaching strategy, the article includes a great comment by Jay Bilas about the difference between a team that is “well-taught but not over-coached.”
It’s a subtle balance, but one the best teams usually strike.
It always comes back to balance, doesn’t it? 😉
Flickr Creative Commons image via Will Thomas