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07 – Discipline is Key


I spent 34 years coaching competitive fastpitch softball here in Manhattan. And when we started our program we were 10, 11, 12 year-old girls and we were going to several major tournaments and we had to
really start from scratch in terms of teaching, pitching, and catching and
throwing and hitting and the fundamentals of softball. My name is Pat Bosco, formerly vice president student affairs, dean of students at Kansas State University. I primarily, during my 50 years at the university, served students and families, helping them be most successful. This podcast addresses our
collective interest of being more authentic, more sincere, more interested in those we serve. Our interest is to be more authentic and more sincere and more caring with those around us. One rule I had is that, if we go on a tournament and we spend a lot of time and effort and money to go to a tournament, we
stay overnight in hotels and and we’re going to agree upon when it’s time to go to bed. But more importantly we’re going to agree on what time your head is going to
be on a pillow. And then I told the team and the parents that it’s important that we recognize discipline and if we decide on a specific time to have your head on
a pillow, I mean business and there are going to be consequences if I catch you
without your head on a pillow. First tournament, first night, we win our first game and we go to the hotel and we determined that ten o’clock is “head on pillow,” because we’ve got a game at nine o’clock the next morning. I go down the hallway that first evening and there are three young ladies, with
their moms, out in the hallway, at five after ten, braiding their hair for the next day. Well, I sent them all to bed. The next two days they don’t play. They don’t play on Saturday, they don’t play on Sunday, and they are three of our
best players at the time, snd we did not play well that entire weekend. Twenty years later, I’m at one of those young lady’s graduation ceremony for medical school. We’re sitting around in a group and we’re talking about her experiences with
our softball program, and with school, and she says one of the most significant
lessons I learned, and I’m waiting to hear about the bunt with with the bases loaded, how to run a suicide, hit the cutoff, how to hit with two strikes. No. She said that “it was the time you caught me and my mom in the hallway at five
after ten, when I violated the one rule you had, was ‘head on pillow.’ I felt, for the first time, consequences for my actions. That set a standard for me through the rest of my middle school years, high school years, my time at the university. It’s made me a better student, maybe a better human being, and it’ll make me a better doctor. Life lessons. Not only “head on pillow,” but the consequences of your actions make
all the difference in the world in terms of leadership and being authentic and
real.

Reynold King

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