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Brad Stevens: How Teammates Help Each Other Improve

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PCA National Advisory Board Member and Head Coach for the Boston Celtics, Brad Stevens (@BCCoachStevens) is known as a positive coach. Before joining the Celtics, Stevens rose to prominence as the preternaturally calm and cool coach of the Butler University basketball team that he led to consecutive NCAA title game appearances.

Stevens emphasizes the importance of one-on-one communication in helping teammates improve. Something as simple as a text saying, "I believe in you" can have major impact. Rah-rah speeches or a "fire and brimstone" approach are not necessary.

The mere act of letting teammates know you notice and care about them can lift spirits immeasurably. Not only does that stand to improve their performances, but it also may inspire them to behave similarly toward other teammates. A simple spark of an uplift soon spreads into a wildfire.